I had the pleasure of training the kinvara hurling team recently and nothing pleases me more than kicking these lads’ arse in the gym
To be fair they did well but the amount of sweat that was pouring out of them was insane.. it was a warm evening but some of the lads looked like they had been caught in a monsoon
It got me thinking, how come some fellas sweat buckets and others not so much, while doing the same workout?
Were some guys working harder?
Were some guys skipping work?
Was this a sign of fitness level?
Or was it just the way it is?
Here's what I found…
Why do we sweat?
Sweating is the body’s coolant system to regulate the inner body temperature. When we exercise, our muscles generate heat which then need to go somewhere otherwise our body becomes dangerously hot. So it has this mechanism to delate blood vessels near the skin to carry some of that heat away from our core, the sweat glands will aid that process by making the skin vet so when cooler air makes the sweat to evaporate and take a lot of heat with it.
What can me you sweat excessively?
How much you sweat depends on a few variables including your genetics, your body weight, your health and the environment around you. Here are 5 reasons why you may be sweating more.
Your body has anywhere between 2 to 4 billion sweat glands. Women tend to have more glands, but men tend to have more active ones which make them sweat more in general.
Body type and size
If your frame is smaller you may sweat less than someone who is taller and/or overweight. The bigger you are, the harder your muscles need to work when being active, especially when exercising so it’s only natural that after losing weight you may notice you don’t sweat as much as before.
Air temperature and humidity can also affect how much you sweat and if you’d like to exercise in tropical climates when on holiday, it’s highly recommended to start small and acclimatise gradually to prevent a heat stroke or any unpleasant effects.
As you become fitter, your body gets used to managing its temperature more efficiently, which means you will start sweating sooner in your workout and experience much more sweat leaving your body within the same environment and time period as before. Going on the example of fat loss, you may start sweating less due to being smaller, but sweat more as becoming fitter at the same time.
If you experience excessive sweating even when at rest, it could be an indication of some sort of health-related problems, especially if it’s accompanied by fever or other symptoms. High blood pressure, thyroid and other health issues can be behind it so ensure you see your doctor and get yourself checked.
How to prepare your body for a sweat fest?
It’s normal to lose about 1-1.5 liter of water during a 60 minutes exercise session on average. Your sweating rate can be measured by stepping on the scale at start and at the end of a workout, any extra liquid consumed in that time needs to be considered too.
The best way to ensure your body can handle a sweaty workout is to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day and during the session too. IF you exercise for max an hour, water will suffice, however anything beyond 60 minutes or when attending a higher intensity endurance session or game, you’d better refuel on electrolytes and liquid carbohydrates too.
What you’re wearing can also help your body’s own ventilation: the material of your attire, ice socks, vet towel on the head can all aid in managing your core temperature.
If you’re an athlete, have your re-fuel pack at hand at all times when training or racing and since you may be sweating buckets you will need more liquids for hydration. Always be prepared.
Back to the hurling team, now it all makes sense. Their body have been conditioned for maximum effort which requires their “built-in coolant system” to also be super-efficient which basically translates to much more sweating than a gym goer would who does that a few times a week.
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