Is sweating a sign of a good workout?

Anyone who has participated in my classes or seen one of my post-workout selfies will know I’m a sweater. I usually finish a class looking like I’ve been caught in a hailstorm whilst flying through a hedge backwards.  It’s an interesting look. However, does being sweaty betty mean I’ve burnt more? Or that I’ve worked harder?

If you don’t sweat does it still count?

Of course it does. Every workout, big or small, is a good workout. Sweating is your body’s way of cooling itself down.  When you work out your muscles and core temperature rise and your body responds to this by sweating.

How much you sweat can depend on several things:

  • Genetics
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Metabolic Rate
  • Fitness level
  • Conditions you workout in
  • Type of workout

You can see there are so many different factors that can influence how much you sweat. For example, running outside during summer may cause to sweat more than a HIIT session in an air-conditioned gym. Pilates or Yoga may cause you to sweat less than a Zumba class just because of the sort of exercise it is. This doesn’t mean you aren’t working hard and challenging yourself. Every BODY is different and therefore, some people are just sweatier than others, and that’s OK! There are so many other ways to judge whether you’ve smashed your workout instead. Such as:

  • Muscle fatigue
  • Increased heart rate
  • Being out of breath
  • Feeling hungry after your workout

You may find as your body gets fitter and stronger you are able to push yourself: working harder for longer which naturally increases those sweat levels. However, you may also find your body might start improving the ‘cooling process’ as your body gets used to regulating your temperature so, you might actually sweat less or more efficiently. It’s vital no matter how much you’re sweating that you remain hydrated during a workout.

Overall, how you feel is the most important thing. You will know in yourself how hard you have worked. So, whether you’re a hot mess like me or as cool as a cucumber get smashing those fitness goals. You’ve got this!

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