Fitness Friday

(Belated) Fitness Friday: The Scoop on Sweat

We had a bit of a family stomach flu epidemic yesterday….Posting this now that I can see straight!

Sweating is our body’s natural reaction to cool itself off.   Being active myself and in my work as a trainer, much of my life is spent either sweating or hanging out with sweaty people.  If you have ever wondered why some people sweat more than others, check out these sweet sweat statistics below:

-The amount of sweat glands varies from individual to individual but is generally between 2 and 5 million.

-Women tend to have more sweat glands than men, though the gland’s of men seem to be more active.

-Fit people don’t always sweat more than sedentary people, but do tend to sweat sooner into a workout.

-Some factors that can increase sweat during a workout are nervousness, caffeine intake, alcohol intake, higher level of intensity, excess bodyweight, and temperature.

-Hyperhydrosis is a condition in which a person’s autonomic sweat response is hyperactive.  Occurring in roughly 3 percent of the population, this condition is thought to be caused by overactivity of the sympathetic nervous system.

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Dee, sweating it out through her tongue……