Does More Sweat Mean You Burn More Calories? Surprising Sweat Myths
True or False: You Burn More Calories During Hot-Weather Workouts?
True. Your heart needs to work harder to both keep your muscles well
oxygenated during cardio and to send extra blood to the surface of your skin
to keep your body temperature safe. Unfortunately, the calorie numbers are
pretty low, so don't think you've earned an ice cream sundae! Think more
like one bite of chocolate.
True or False: You Sweat All the Time?
True. You are always releasing moisture from your skin to help regulate body
temperature, although usually not enough to be noticed. And this is taking
place over almost the entire surface area of your body.
True or False: A Human Can Sweat a Maximum of 3 Liters per Day?
False. This is one of the most common sweat myths! A person in a colder
climate can sweat up to a liter per hour! A person in a warmer clime can
lose between two to three liters per hour.
True or False: Sunblock Makes it Harder to Sweat?
False. Don't let sweat myths like these keep you from being sun safe.
"Sunscreen does not affect the sweating mechanism, which is your body's way
of cooling itself," says dermatologist Brooke Jackson, M.D., of the Skin
Wellness Center of Chicago. Please note that no sunblock is truly
"waterproof or sweatproof" so make sure you reapply every two hours.
True or False: Sports Drinks Really Do Make a Difference?
True. But only in moderation. When you're sweating heavily you lose
electrolytes which need to be replaced through food or drink. Sports drinks
can be a quick way of doing that, but keep in mind that sports drinks are
often fairly high in calories. Make sure you don't drink down empty calories
that you just got rid of with a hard workout!
True or False: Your Body Works Harder When it's Humid?
True. Your skin relies on the air being somewhat dry so that the moisture
from our body can easily evaporate. In humid conditions, the air is
saturated with moisture and that makes it harder for the sweat to evaporate.
This keeps your body temperature elevated and is why it can feel like such a
struggle to do even easy workouts in humid conditions.