Minimizing Heat while Exercising Gives Optimal Results

November 11, 2012


Minimizing Heat while Exercising Gives Optimal Results

Minimizing Heat while Exercising Gives Optimal Results

Most people have a misconception that the more sweat you release during exercise, the more effective your workout is. There are a lot of people who tend to engage in exercise during hot weather because of the belief that more sweat means more calories burned. However, this is not the case.

Experts reveal that staying cool while working out is better than feeling intense heat.  Exercising to the point of sweating a lot increases the risk of possible heat-related injuries such as exhaustion, heat stroke, dehydration and loss of consciousness.

The Effects of Heat during Exercise

When you exercise during intense heat, the body tends to lose a lot of water due to intense sweating. As you sweat, you not only lose water, but electrolytes as well, contributing to dehydration with electrolyte imbalance. When this happens, you become more prone to heat stroke, especially in countries with high humidity.

Heat stroke or increased heat in the body is never good when you want to develop good muscles. Heat stroke tends to cause cellular damages in the muscles leading to muscle loss. A very detrimental effect of heat to the muscles is rhabdomyolysis, which is the destruction of the muscle fibers to the point of causing muscle loss and toxicity in the kidneys due to the increased circulating toxins from the injured muscles of the body. Those who want to develop muscles; thereby should exercise in such a way that minimizes heat in the body to promote optimum muscle growth.

Another potential effect of exercising to the point of heat exhaustion is loss of consciousness. When you lose water, the brain cells also become dehydrated leading to reduced mentation. This increases the possibility of exercise injuries especially if you suddenly lose vision while lifting weights.

People always believe that the more sweat you excrete, the more calories are burned and the faster you can lose weight. However, sweat is not synonymous with fats burned. You may sweat a lot, but you may not burn fats in the same amount. When fats are burned, they are converted to energy and not into sweat. Undertaking exercises during cool times of the day and in cool areas may help you burn fats as effectively as when you sweat a lot, only that, you don’t lose a lot of water and electrolytes from your system while doing it.

The Proper Way to Exercise

Since heat is not good while you work out, make sure to undertake these measures to limit heat-related in juries during exercise:

1         Exercise during the best time of the day.

The best time for exercise is in fact early in the morning before 9 am and after 7 pm in the evening. It is also recommended to stay indoors rather than stay outdoors during hot weather.

2         Drink a lot of water

While undertaking exercise, make sure to drink water regularly to replenish the lost water in the body. Good hydration is one of the keys to achieve healthier muscles.

3         Workout indoors during hot weather

Cycling and outdoor jogging are good ways to exercise; however, make sure to stay indoors when the weather is hot. You can use an exercise bike or treadmill at the gym and still stay cool while exercising indoors.

4         Wear cotton shirts

It is also essential to wear fabrics that wick away moisture effectively and allow air to circulate around your body. This effectively lessens the heat on your skin and helps prevent heat stroke.

5         Never workout to the point of being soaked in sweat

Most people continue exercising until they are soaked in their own sweat because of the belief that the amount of sweat they release is the amount of fats they burn. This may lead to dehydration and heat stroke.

Always make sure that when you exercise, you remain as cool as possible to avoid the negative effects of heat.

Author Bio:

Dr. Amarendra loves to see 6 pack abs. Dr. Amarendra is a fitness consultant and he writes often on fitness and body building.


Minimizing Heat while Exercising Gives Optimal Results

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