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N16351D Posts: 2,349
10/16/12 1:59 P

I don't work up a sweat in Yoga, Pilates or when walking. However, I do during strength training and jogging/running. Everyone is different.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,401
10/16/12 12:33 A

Sweating is just one of a couple of ways the body has of getting rid of excess heat.

The other is opening up the blood vessels so that the blood can flow to the limbs, and closer to the surface of the skin, where it can escape more easily.

In some people, the second effect is more efficient, and they don't need to sweat as much to get rid of excess heat.

And the amount of excess heat has more to do with environmental conditions (temperature, wind and humidity) - it is a very poor measure of exercise intensity.


GINGERVISTA Posts: 6,236
10/15/12 9:27 P

I'm so THRILLED that the 'experts' at SP jump on these boards to answer questions. It's emoticon since I'd only be offering an opinions. Thanks!

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 23,763
10/15/12 8:41 P

I don't sweat, even in an intense spinning class.

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10/15/12 8:15 P


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.

Coach Nancy

NSMANN Posts: 976
10/15/12 8:01 P

In my opinion, this is not an issue you need to see a doctor about. I don't sweat very much either when I work out, even though I'm definitely working.

ISHILIED Posts: 34
10/15/12 7:33 P

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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