What Makes You Sweat?

Feb 27th, 2013

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What Makes You Sweat?

What makes you sweat?
Sweating is one of the most important functions that our body does everyday.  It helps regulate our body temperature, it cleans out our pours, and helps rid the body of toxins.  Sweat is made up of 95% water which is why it is so important to stay hydrated while you are exercising.  We lose about 10% of our bodies water through sweating and even more when you exercise. We are all born with thousands of sweat glands spread throughout our bodies. Sweating a lot during exercise is not the sign of someone who is out of shape, it’s actually the opposite.  The more efficient our body cooler mechanism is the better.   Often times people who are more fit will start to perspire much sooner than someone who is out of shape.
The general rule of thumb is to drink 64 oz of water a day to stay hydrated and keep your body in balance.  When you exercise it’s important to increase the amount to balance out the extra loss of water for sweating.  For every 20 minutes of exercise, you should try and consume approximately 10oz of water. You should also plan ahead an drink plenty of water before you begin your workout.  It’s extremely important to avoid dehydration.  When the body is dehydrated it’s performance level will decrease, you may feel light headed, sick to your stomach and vulnerable to muscle strains and sprains.  So I say get hydrated and go for it.  Don’t be shy get that heart pumping and the sweat flowing, just remember to bring a towel and wipe down the equipment when your done.  Enjoy your workout and see you in the gym.
Ron Eustis

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