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Tell me what you know about sweat!


How often do you really sweat when you work out? I don't mean just breaking a light sweat, I mean sweat rolling off your body. I thought I was getting good workouts but I never sweat like I do when I run. I've been jogging three times a week and my hair is drenched and sweat rolls down my back. It's a good feeling. When I do yoga, walk, or do an exercise tape, I usually break a sweat but it's just a damp forehead. When I jog, I really sweat!

What are the benefits of sweating? I know you should do yoga in a warm room to sweat more. I know some people just sweat more naturally than others. Does sweating make it a better workout? Just questions I have!
 

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i wish i would swaet more. it gets rid of toxins and well, it makes me feel good (healthy). but i only sweat profusely at home (malaysia) and now tht i am in london i hardly ever sweat. a workout would make me sweat lightly
 

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Yes, sweting gets rid of toxins. It's important to drink lot of water after working out though because a lot of sweating obviously dehydrates.

I have a question to add on to yours. A few years ago I was running regularly and would sweat buckets. It was almost as if I'd taken a shower in my clothes. I stopped running for a few years and then started up again last year. I run three miles, and I've gotten to the point where I'm running pretty fast, for me anyway (under a ten minute mile). I sweat a little now, but not nearly as much as I used to. What could have changed?
 

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You should also replace some of the sodium you've lost. An electrolyte-balanced drink is good, but not that sugar-loaded Gatorade junk! There are good waters in the bottled section of stores (in regular markets too) that have "electrolyte-balanced" on the label. Snacking on some celery after a workout will do, as well


Eggplant, I'm not sure why. Maybe you consume less salty foods?? I know I really sweat when I've eaten a salty meal the night before. Soy sauce does it to me everytime!

I can tell you that, for me, the season makes a difference. I sweat a lot more in summertime. I always sweat; but some days are very, very light. And I, too, have noticed that I sweat less than I used to. I figured it was either because I consume way less salt than I did in the past, or because it had something to do with physical changes, stemming from age, perhaps, or maybe even positive health changes.
 

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Genetics have proven bad for me sweat wise (with one person as an exception). My famly ends up drenched from sweating after a warm-cool shower/bath. I even sweat when it's freezing out. At least it explains why I go through so much water.

Everytime I go out for a jog/run (or walk midday in the summer) I have to change all my clothes upon my return home. That's quite a bit of sweating.
 

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I hardly sweat at all, unless I work out big time AND it's hot and I'm wearing lots of close. My hands and feet are always cold too, I think I have poor circulation.

In high school I used to get heat rashes all over my arms and stomach because the sweat wouldn't come out of my skin! I don't get rashes anymore because now I sweat just enuf.
 

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Sweating is your body cooling off. Since I run and teach spinning and Pilates - it can be very embarassing when you are covered in sweat and there are people around you grossing out. I simply tel them "I have an efficient cooling system".

Sweating is a personal thing - some people do and some don't. Plus - it really has to do with how much work and effort you are putting into the workout. Like you said - yoga you get lightly sweaty (not me - I can get drenched in a cool room!) and when you run you are drenched. Also - the fitter you become, the more you sweat because your body knows when to start cooling off.

Also - I sweat tons when I am Spinning - but very little when I actually am riding my bike outdoors. And that is because in a classroom setting I am exercising, speaking and putting that much more into working out. When I ride my bike outside - I am working out - but I am also not speaking and I can focus on my surroundings. Again - it's how fit you are; your genetics; what you eat; and what you are putting into the workout.
 
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