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Sweating alone is not an indication as to how hard you are working out. Sweating is your body's response that it needs to cool off, whether you are sitting in a car in the summer heat, sitting in a sauna to relax in, or even during an exercise session. It is not an indicator of lack of conditioning, nor does it mean you are expending a greater percentage of calories. Remember genetics, the environment you are working out in, even your hydration can all play a part in the speed or amount that you sweat. However the more fit one is, the body's response to cool down due to exercise tends to occur more rapidly than one who is not accustomed to working out.
Sweating is a way for your body to keep cool, whether by extraneous circumstances, such as a warm environment or exercise. When we begin to workout aerobically (in the presence of oxygen) our bodies need a greater amount of oxygen, in the process of taking in more oxygen our bodies produce heat which subsequently causes one to sweat. The more you workout, the quicker your body begins the process, so for many well-trained individuals you will see them sweating at a faster rate than those less fit.
If you are experiencing any other symptoms than you may want to contact your doc.
So, I have a question, and this may be the wrong board for it, but here goes.
Should I be worried about, or contact a doctor about the fact that I don't really sweat when I exercise? I typically go to the point of discomfort on reps (which I'm horrible about tracking), and go as fast as my left leg will let me when I walk (40m/1mi). Instead of sweating, my back/neck and chest get really, frigidly cold (and sometimes a bit clammy). My head generally gets really hot, and there sometimes *is* a bit of sweat on my face.
I'm a bit puzzled by this, because my understanding was that people were supposed to sweat when they're pushing their bodies and working out.
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