Why You Sweat More Than Your Exercise Buddy

You’re trucking along on the treadmill and as you reach for a towel to wipe off the perspiration on your forehead, you can’t help but notice the guy to the right who’s sweating so much. It looks like he jumped in a river. Why is it that some people sweat like crazy and some are barely glistening?

First off, sweating is the body’s way of cooling itself off and maintaining a healthy temperature. You’re born with between two and four million sweat glands. Women have more sweat glands than men, but men’s glands are more active. How much you sweat depends on your gender, the number of sweat glands you have (more glands equal more sweat), how hot it is, how intensely you’re exercising, or how anxious you feel.

The amount a person sweats also depends on how many sweat glands are activated and how much sweat is excreted from each gland. It turns out that fit men sweat significantly more than fit women. The same amount of sweat glands might be activated, but women produce less sweat from each gland. Fit people sweat more efficiently by sweating sooner during workouts, when their body temperature is lower. However, a sedentary person working at the same intensity will heat up a lot faster and possibly sweat more. Also, overweight people sweat more profusely than normal-weight individuals because fat acts as an insulator that raises core temperature.

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Leg Exercises: The Top 10

When it comes to leg exercises or leg day, you will often hear a grown man cry. A great upper body is worthless without a massive pair of legs holding it up. You could have enormous arms, a barrel sized chest, and a diesel back but if your legs look like they belong to a new born chicklet you’ve got some serious work to do. Not only do large, powerful legs increase manliness by upwards of 10,000% but, trained properly, they can drastically enhance sport performance.

To aid you in the process of building a pair of monstrous legs through grinding out some leg exercises, below I’ve outlined two of the most commonly made training mistakes when it comes to leg exercises:

  1. Not Using a Full Range of Motion: Skimping on range of motion (ROM) is a surefire way to sabotage your hard work. While partial ROM movements certainly have their own unique set of benefits, research and experience has continuously shown that full ranges of motion are best for increasing muscle size. Want bigger legs? Quit cheating yourself and start training through a complete ROM.

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Exercising Regularly

To help meet your goals of exercising regularly, invest in some home exercise equipment. If the equipment is right there, you won’t be tempted to skip your exercise routine due to lack of time. Your motivation will be right there staring you in the face all evening and so you’ll go do it.

Reduce stress on your muscles and avoid injury by warming-up before working out. Adequately warming-up will loosen up stiff muscles and get the blood flowing to them. Sudden movements on muscles that have not been properly warmed-up prior to exercise can result in pulled muscles, strains, and even tears.

If you want to burn off that excess fat, you should work on doing strength training exercises. Not only will these exercises burn calories while you’re going them, but they’ll build up muscle. The more muscle you have, the more calories you’ll burn at a resting rate. It’s why when you don’t take in enough calories each day, your body starts to burn off your muscle rather than the excess fat. If you’re taking in less calories, your body tries to eliminate what it is using the most.

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Start Working Out Today

A great tip to stay fit is to follow a proven workout program.  There are plenty of quality workout programs online and you can also find them in magazines such as Muscle & Fitness and Men’s Fitness.  Don’t just blindly follow a workout program.  You want to know that a workout program is effective.

Fitness is a goal many people try to achieve by lifting weights at the gym. In reality, all you need to maintain all the muscles of the body are six simple exercises: the push up, the pull up, leg raises, squats, handstand push ups, and bridges. These 6 simple bodyweight exercises will keep you in perfect condition for life and don’t require any expensive exercise equipment or personal trainers.

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America’s Lifestyle Diseases Cost the Economy over $153 Billion per Year

Lifestyle diseases such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, cancer and depression are costing the American economy $153 billion per year in lost productivity.

Based on data collected via the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, researchers concluded that chronic health conditions such as obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, cancer, diabetes, asthma, depression and recurring physical pain resulted in 449,847,652 days missed from work… and an estimated productivity loss of $153,398,049,221 per year.

This calculation doesn’t include productivity lost when employees show up at work but are less productive because of their poor health.

As well, the Gallup people didn’t speak with part-time workers.

Previous research which included these factors found that America’s chronic lifestyle diseasescost the nation up to $1.1 trillion per year.

And that’s a lot of money.

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Basics of Building Muscle

Be patient. Building muscle is not a quick fix; it takes time before you start seeing muscle development. This can be discouraging and make you want to quit. However, if you are training with the proper technique and doing what you need to do, trust that the results will come on time.

Many trainers will advise you to change your workout routine every few months. You should however keep in mind that this is not necessary. If the routine that you are using is providing excellent results, then you should stick with it! Change your routine only if it is not giving you the results that you seek, or if you feel that you have gained most of the benefits from it.

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Ten Minutes a Day Keeps the Fat at Bay

Less than 25 percent of adults exercise on a regular basis, thus, children – and adults – are spending more time performing sedentary tasks, such as surfing the Internet, playing video games, and watching television. This lack of exercise increases insulin resistance, hormone dysfunction, and inevitable weight gain. So, what can we do to keep fit and how do we fit exercise into our busy schedules?

Exercise Timing

One of the questions I am asked most often is: “Should I work out in the morning or the evening?” To enhance fat burning, the best time to work out is in the morning. Once you do 10 minutes of this fun program and eat protein for breakfast, you will rev up your fat-burning furnace by 25 to 40 percent and it will last for 12 or more hours throughout the day. Also, often after a hard day at home or the office, we don’t feel like exercising and we don’t want to rev up our metabolism a few hours before we go to sleep.

So, set your alarm 10 minutes earlier, have fun with this exercise regimen and you will be rewarded with a tighter, stronger body. Consistency is the key. Get out of bed, put on a T-shirt and shorts, get your water bottle and towel, and get started. Exercise, then hit the shower, and eat breakfast. Start Day 1 on Monday so that Day 6 and Day 7 will be Saturday and Sunday, which are usually the days we do more outdoor or family-oriented aerobic activities.

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