Over the last 10 years working as a personal trainer I can’t count how many times I have been asked two very common questions related to exercise. The first is whether or not being sore the next day equates to a good workout. The second question relates to whether or not sweating a lot equates to a better workout. In today’s article, I will be answering once and for all whether or not sweating a lot is the same thing as getting a good workout.
For the longest time before I was a personal trainer, I always judged the quality of my workouts based on how drenched I was afterwards. It always baffled me that some days I could get soaking wet while other days I felt like it was impossible.
Sweating happens due to the increase of body temperature. Your body will release sweat from your eccrine glands in order to lower your body temperature by the evaporation of the sweat off of your skin. Sweating can also be caused due to other stresses and fear, but in terms of exercise, increased body temperature is the reason you sweat.
Let’s go more in depth over the factors that affect sweating in order to determine whether sweating is metric you should be using to measure the quality of your workout.