Sweating: Unpleasant but important

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Sweaty palms, wet shirts, slippery exercise mats: Freeletics means sweating relentlessly. After all, the purpose of high intensity training is to drive various body systems, including body temperature and pulse, to a high level. For some, sweating is a sign of hard training, others associate it with unkemptness. Sweating is primarily a natural response of our body to different situations such as heat, anxiety, or stress, and it therefore accomplishes many useful tasks!  As unpleasant as sweating may be, its positive aspects are quite interesting.

Sweating - the natural air conditioning

Sweating cools the body and thus protects it from overheating, which may lead to cell damage and functional disorders of the organism. At the moment sweat escapes and evaporates, our skin cools down so that the body temperature is kept at a normal level, or maybe even lowered. Dripped off or wiped away, sweat cannot contribute anything further to evaporative cooling. Instead, the sweat glands must produce even more sweat in order to cool the body. Since our body tries to cool the most important organs – the brain and heart – first, sweat initially appears on the head and in the chest area.

Sweating cleanses!

Among other things, the skin, our largest organ in terms of size, also acts as an excretory organ for toxins and metabolic waste products. A sweaty unit of Freeletics accelerates and intensifies this process and thus supports your health.

Sweat as a natural protective barrier

Sweat in conjunction with specially produced skin lipids (sebum) forms a natural acid protective layer. Just imagine a wall which wards off germs and bacteria, and stops their growth. The acidic pH-level of sweat is responsible for this effect. Depending on the type, the pH-level of sweat varies between four and seven, whereas our skin’s normal pH-level is approximately seven.

Sweat-the secret messenger substance

Sweat consists not only of water and waste products, but it also includes fragrances called pheromones. They determine the individual scent of a person. Consciously, but also unconsciously, these fragrances may decide whether we find someone likeable or even attractive. This is hardly relevant in training because fresh sweat usually does not smell. The unpleasant smell arises only when bacteria begin their work on the skin surface and decompose the sweat.

Do not forget to drink plenty of liquids!

Since sweat consists mainly of water, heavy sweating may lead to dehydration, which in turn can reduce not only athletic performance, but through sweat, valuable minerals in the form of electrolytes – which are necessary for proper functioning of muscles – get lost. As healthy as sweating may be during exercise, adequate water intake is a must to replace the lost liquid. To be on the safe side aim for three liters over the course of a day, and at least an additional liter around the time of your workout.

Sweating can be trained!

The extent to which someone sweats may vary from person to person, and it also depends on one’s genes. The good news: With every workout, our sweat gland system is trained. Athletes start to sweat earlier if they reach a certain stress level, because the body has learned to respond early and effectively to a corresponding rise in body temperature. Also, the pure water content of sweat rises so that athletes exude fewer electrolytes, relatively speaking. However, since athletes have a higher tolerance for stress, most people believe that they sweat less and that heavy sweating is a sign of an untrained body.

The fear of too much sweating is therefore no reason to train at a slower pace. On the contrary, as long as your body will be supplied with adequate liquids, do your utmost during a workout! Then your subsequent shower will feel even more refreshing and well-deserved!