Sweating vs. Burning Calories

by Virgin Active Thailand on Monday 30 May 2022

3 min read

What is evidence of a good exercise? If we were to take a guess, we’d say most people like to see their weight decrease on the scale or enjoy feeling the beads of sweat rolling off their bodies. Of course, we believe this means we just went through a great workout, right?

Well, maybe. However, in reality the amount of sweat pouring off our bodies have no direct correlation to the amount of calories our bodies burn. There are other factors that cause us to sweat. So today we delve deep into these misconceptions and unravel the truth behind it all.

If sweat isn’t from exercise, then where is it from?

When we exercise, the amount of sweat is dependent on numerous aspects, whether it be gender, weight, environment, and more. Ever notice when we exercise in hot environments our body temperature tends to soar more than normal. Thus, our bodies must utilize its inner a cooling system in order not to overheat, in the form of “sweat”. 

So then what is a good (calorie) burn?

Our bodies naturally burn calories throughout the day, but in order to ignite the calorie-burn to its full effect, we recommend you engage in a moderate to higher exercise intensity for 30-45 mins would be the

best choice.

The reason being that the first 10 mins of exercise would engage the body to start burning fat, but if we stop after 10 mins the body will cease to start burning the carbohydrates within the body onwards. Thus, the carbs within the body would not efficiently fuel your body nor would your body efficiently burn calories to the fullest extent.

And for those who have never trained but are interested in feel-good exercise experiences to efficiently burn calories for a fit physique, our Virgin Active Team have got your back. Just drop by the club or chat with us for more info. Reset your fitness target, and forget about the sweat  Although we now know a good sweat doesn’t

always mean a good calorie burn, not all our fitness beliefs or plan we started out with is lost. It just requires a tiny adjustment and you’ll be back on the right track in no time. 

Simply reset your exercise goals from getting a good sweat to exercising with moderate to higher intensity for 30-45 mins instead. So there you have it, don’t sweat it – and just enjoy your workout.

Check out our Classes or Book a club tour,  We’d love to show you around one of our clubs so you can get a feel for why Virgin Active is the right choice for you.

Source: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0093976

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