While you are exercising, have you ever wonder whether you are burning more calories if you sweat a lot? Read on to find out more.
When our body temperature increases, we will sweat to cool off.
Here are the truth behind sweating and calories burnt:
- How much you sweat will not influence on how many calories you burn. What is important is how long and how intense you have been working out. How much you sweat also depends on the air temperature, humidity, gender (man sweats more than woman) and genetics too. If it is hot and humid, you may still sweat just by walking outside.
- The actual reason hot yoga is conducted is not to make you sweat more and therefore burning more calories, but to provide a warmer environment so that your muscles are more flexible to stretch and to pose. Of course, if burning calories is also one of the benefits of hot yoga, no one will say no.
- If you experience an immediate weight loss after your workout, it is most likely water loss. You gain it right back after you rehydrate yourself by drinking water. Athletes such as boxers who need to lose a few extra pounds before weighing their weight will put a sweat suit on to run to lose that excess weight. That weight they lose through sweating is purely water weight. The same happens to people who lose weight via steam bath or sauna.
In short, sweating and burning fat has no direct correlation. So, do not try to jog under hot weather or wear heavy clothes to exercise hoping to sweat more. The notion that wearing sweaters translates into better fitness is probably a misguided scene from all those “Rocky” movies. You may overheat yourself and suffer from heatstroke. You do not have to sweat to get a good workout.
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