Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Workout Wednesday: Sweating

I‘ve been noticing that a lot of women in the classes I teach LOVE the fans. They all keep telling me they’re going through the change (aka menopause) and need to cool off.

Sometimes when I’m teaching, I feel like I’m going to be blown off the stage. It’s THAT windy. It also sounds like we are going to take lift-off. Anyhow, it doesn’t matter how I feel. They are paying members and need to feel comfortable. Even though I feel like I’m working out in a freezer :)

Today for Workout Wednesday, I thought I’d talk about sweating.

Sweating is our bodies way of regulating temperature. We cool through sweating. The sweat comes out our pours and evaporates off the skin. The process starts at the brain level. It is far more complicated that I’m making it seem. But this site is called “Simply” for a reason :)

Two major reasons our bodies sweat are physical heat & activity and / or emotional stress. During emotional stress we sweat out of a particular area of the body. When exerting ourselves, sweating happens all over the body.

Believe it or not, our bodies are actually sweating all the time and we just don’t notice it. This is how our body moves the heat that comes from our metabolism and working muscles.

Depending on climate, our bodies have the ability to adjust to sweat production. Humidity also influences how much we sweat. Our bodies don’t cool properly when it’s humid. If you live in Canada – you understand this very well.

Have you ever licked your skin after a workout? Try it! It will likely taste salty. Sweating removes pollutants from your body. It balances the salt concentration levels in the body.

Some believe that the more out of shape you are, the more you will sweat. That’s bull! Generally speaking, sweating during exercise is a sign of an efficient body cooling itself.

If you are sweating more than normal this may be your bodies way of telling you something is wrong. It could be due to how much caffeine you are consuming, any medications you may be taking, a fever, infection, low blood sugar or just as the ladies I mentioned above are experiencing, menopause. It’s always best to seek medical attention if you ever have any concerns. Don’t google doctor yourself, like me.

The best way to gage if you are exercising hard enough is to check your heart rate. Make sure your heart rate is reaching it’s target…to be discussed at a later date.

For now, if you want to do some sweat inducing exercises why not try Bikram Yoga “Hot Yoga”, a spin class, running, Vinyasa Yoga, step aerobics, kick boxing, or a boot camp. Give 30 minutes a try – the sweat will be pouring out of you.

So drink up and go get your sweat on.

Be safe, stay healthy and have fun!

Simply Yours,


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