Yes, one of the adaptations to working out regularly (which is slightly different from fitness, but obviously close) is that your body begins to anticipate excess heat and starts sweating earlier in your workout, rather than waiting for excess heat to build up and then trying to get rid of it. And of course, being fitter may allow you to work out harder, and generate more excess heat, and thus have to sweat more.
But I also agree with other posters that sweating is a better indicator of environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, wind/air movement, etc) than fitness or exercise intensity.
And there are differences between individuals - some people are more efficient at allowing the blood to flow closer to the skin (where heat can escape more easily), without having to sweat as much.
In any event, sweating is healthy process and ensures that your core body temperature remains at a safe and stable level. Embrace it!
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8/29/13 5:20 P
I'm not a heavy sweater, it has to be around 90 F and I have to be moving around in it before I start beading. Usually, I don't sweat *while* exercising and probably sweat less than when I was less fit... it's when I stop that I start sweating more?
I don't think it has anything to do with fitness level... if anything, I have to be really working hard in the 80+% range of my MHR to get a good sweat going. I barely glisten from moderate intensity.
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9,689 8/29/13 4:35 P
I don't sweat well, ever. I've always been prone to heat illness as a result.
Sweat has nothing to do with effort or fitness; it's about your body's ability to cool itself. Sweating doesn't mean you're getting a better workout, and not sweating doesn't mean your workout's less effective.
Sweat's not a goal, it's a side effect. :)
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 8/29/2013 (16:35)
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63 8/29/13 4:11 P
I just find it weird, because when I wasn't as fit, I barely sweat. Now that I run often, I sweat so easily. Within 5 minutes of my runs. I love it luckily! Maybe it's more an indication of age than fitness... I just don't know why within the past few years I've become so much sweatier!
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8/29/13 4:07 P
Sweating isn't an indication of how fit a person is or how thin they are. I have a friend who's a marathon runner and tri-athelete. She's a size 0-2. She doesn't sweat. Occasionally, she glows. Me ? I sweat like the other white meat. oink. LOL !!
Sweating is how our bodies cool off. It's how our bodies release toxins. Some people sweat more than others. And that's just the way their metabolism is. We're all different and that's why we all sweat differently.
Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 8/29/2013 (16:08)
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1,078 8/29/13 4:02 P
I just sweat very easily. I consider myself to be in pretty good shape, but I work up a sweat sooner and sweat more than others.
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8/29/13 2:29 P
The more fit I become the longer it takes me to work up a sweat. But saying that...I am a head sweater and sweat pores down my face while I am working out....I just take it as a sign that I am doing something right
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63 8/29/13 2:05 P
Trying to feel better about the pouring sweat off my face during workouts.... Do you think fitter people sweat sooner into their workouts? I'm hoping maybe it means my body is accustomed to having to use its natural cooling system, and perhaps that is why I sweat so much and so easily....
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