As you probably know, people tend to sweat when they exercise. What you may not know, though, is why it happens. You might not understand why it’s necessary either. So, let’s take an in depth look at the relationship between sweat and exercise.
One of the problems with perspiration is, of course, that people tend to smell bad when they sweat. So, you may not want to sweat during exercise, or at any other time, for that matter. It really is necessary, though. So, the next best thing is to reduce the smell of your sweat. If you want to sweat more during exercise, but have less odor trouble, you first need to understand that sweat itself has no odor. Sweat only smells when it combines with bacteria on the surface of your skin. So, the idea is not to stop sweating, but, instead, to reduce the bacteria on your skin.
One way to reduce skin bacteria is to use antibacterial soap. Another good idea is to take showers, not baths. In a bath, you just soak in your own skin bacteria. In a shower, it rinses down and off of your body. Also, it’s important to understand that sweat is a way of eliminating toxins, as mentioned earlier. So, the more toxins are in your body, the more your sweat will smell when you exercise. If you drink too much alcohol, smoke cigarettes or eat strong smelling foods, such as garlic, therefore, your sweat is going to smell worse.
Quit sweating entirely
Well, although there are surgeries that can be used to remove sweat glands, it’s a bad idea. If you can’t cool your body during exercise, you’ll lose weight slower, for one thing. Also, though, you’ll leave yourself open to over heating problems, like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Speaking of heat exhaustion and heat stroke brings me to the topic of hydration. Most of the human body is made up of water and, since sweat is a liquid, that means that sweating depletes our inner water supply. If you lose too much water through sweating and don’t put any back, it can lead to a number of illnesses and problems. Some of them include:
- Heat Exhaustion
- Heat Stroke
- Muscle cramps
Those are just a few of the problems that you could be dealing with, just because you don’t stay hydrated as you exercise. Not only that, but staying well-hydrated can actually improve your performance during exercise and help to prevent you from getting injured as easily as you otherwise might. Being dehydrated can also make you feel generally tired and sick all the time. So, it’s important to drink plenty of water, whether you exercise or not.
There are no clear guidelines for how much you need to drink in a day, let alone while exercising. It all depends on many factors. A few of them are your weight, general size and exactly how hard you’re exercising or what you’re doing at any given time. It’s always a good idea to drink several ounces of water before and after you exercise. Also, it’s a good idea to drink plenty of water during exercise, if you plan to exercise intensely or for an extended amount of time.
While some sports drinks can be helpful for athletes or those who do intense workouts, they aren’t usually necessary for a regular exercise routine. Plain old water is the best way to stay easily hydrated and make sure you replace that sweat volume that you’re losing. However, you can have flavored waters, if you’d like to switch things up a bit. The best tip, if you’re worried about sweating or hydration during exercise, is to talk it over with your doctor. They can answer any questions that you have. Then, you can start a safe and productive exercise routine.