More sweat=better workout?
There is no complete correlation between the bucket of sweat that came out of your body and how effective your pilates class was. According to scientist Dr. Lindsay Baker, sweat can sometimes be an indicator but it has to be factored in with a myriad of other variables. One such variable is the environment. This means that going for a run outside will make you sweat more than running on a treadmill in an air-conditioned room. However, the workout could be equally as effective. There are also individual body types and qualities which make it nearly impossible to single sweat out as the only factor, says Dr. Baker. And even if you do find a way to single sweat out, how will you ever measure the amount of sweat produced by a single person? It’s not like you can pour all the droplets into a measuring cup. Plus, some of it gets soaked into our clothes or gets evaporated.
Why do we sweat when we work out?
When we work out, our muscles work harder than they do during the rest of the day. When that happens, they generate heat. This process is called “metabolic heat production”. Your body will try to regulate its temperature through sweat and keep it within the normal range. Once sweat evaporates, it helps our body lose the extra heat. And the harder we work out, the more sweat our body will need to produce to control its temperature.
We don’t sweat the same
Some of us sweat more than others. That’s just biological. So if your clothes aren’t soaking with perspiration after a good abbs session, don’t worry, it’s probably genetic. Your body will do what it needs to do to maintain balanced core temperature. Plus, there are medical conditions, such as hyperhidrosis, which cause excessive sweating regardless of your workout regimen. Different people will sweat differently, that’s just the way the world goes. Remember that next time you don’t sweat as much as the next bench-pressing bro at the gym.