10 Common Health and Fitness Myths Debunked

8) Myth: More sweat equals a harder workout

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Many people equate perspiration to calories burned.  However, this is not true.  Yes more sweat equals more water weight loss.  However, water weight does not mean fat loss.  It just means your body lost an X amount of pounds of water in your body (that will be replenished when you drink water after your workout).

Our bodies sweat in order to prevent us from overheating.  How much we sweat during exercise depends on the temperature of the body, the temperature of the room we are in, how hard we are exercising, and our sweat glands.  Some people sweat a lot with very little physical exertion and some people exert a lot with very little sweat.  The amount of calories burned in the body does not depend on sweat; it depends on the amount of effort the body puts in and how fast the heart is beating.  So the next time you see your friend sweating more than you, don’t sweat it (pun intended).

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