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Do You Have to Sweat in Order to Burn Calories?

OK people, just because you're sweating, does NOT mean you are burning calories. Just because you're not sweating doesn't mean you're not burning calories. Caloric burn depends on the intensity and duration of the exercise.

The environment plays a big role in how much you sweat. If you exercise in an air-conditioned room, you will not sweat so much because the cold dry air works to quickly evaporate your sweat. Your body can easily cool the heat generated by your exercise.

Exercising in a hot and humid room will just exhaust you faster, and you won't burn as many calories because you will stop working out sooner.

On the same note, when you go into a sauna, you're not burning calories - you are merely sweating. Any weight loss incurred is likely to be water-loss from perspiration, and will be regained as soon as you drink fluids.

Sweating is simply a way to cool your body so you don't overheat. Some people prefer to workout in ways that make them sweat, because they feel like they've worked hard. Other folks like to sweat because it's cleansing, and releases toxins from their body.

So now we know, a good workout and a good sweat do NOT go hand in hand.

Join The Conversation
Jenavive018 Jenavive018 5 years
I already knew this but sweaty can be sucky: I can walk a mile in snow and 20 degree weather and sweat. My body temp is naturally cooler than most (about 96) and I sweat really easily, especially my face. It's embarrassing -_-
Auburngirl08 Auburngirl08 9 years
thank you! I was worried I was burning less calories since they put fans in our spin room. :-)
krisua krisua 10 years
Oh that's just great, my boyfriend always claims the sweat means burnt calories.
rkdub rkdub 10 years
I drink water by the gallons, and when I work out you can totally tell! I have puddles that form beneath me and the big wet spot between my shoulder blades and boobs.... I hate it!
dreamsugar dreamsugar 10 years
yuck -- I hate sweating but I totally understand why we need to -- does it have to be so embarrassing?
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
:D thanks fit, i've been wondering about this!!
daltan daltan 10 years
I sweat like crazy! On and off the treadmill. They need to make special deodorant for me or something.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I dont sweat when I work out. I get slightly dewy but I dont sweat. I have always been like that and no matter how much I work out it doesnt really change. My mom is the same way so I guess my lack of sweat is genetic
Kristyna Kristyna 10 years
Yup sweating gets toxins out of the body, which is very helpful. That's why most people sauna as an addition to a workout.
yamahamama yamahamama 10 years
I wish they'd chill the spin classroom to 40 degrees or so!
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
It's good for you to sweat.
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