Some people dread summertime, as it means increased temperatures and more sweating when it comes to workouts. Others welcome the summer heat, as they consider increased sweating a way to achieve a better workout….and therefore better weight loss.

But does increased perspiration really equal a more intense workout? It turns out that this isn’t entirely the case.

You see, perspiration is based off of a number of factors, and not just physical activity. Men, for instance, tend to sweat more than women do. Other things like age, weight, genetics, personal body temperature, ethnicity, and fitness shape are all factors in determining how often and to what extent you sweat.

Surprisingly, people who are more physically fit tend to sweat sooner and in larger amounts than those who are in worse shape. The more fit you are, the better your heat-regulating system works, which cools your body down faster and allows you to push harder.

Also, the loss of a few pounds after an intense workout doesn’t necessarily equate to weight loss, as those pounds are likely just lost water weight which you will regain once you become hydrated. Alternatively, a low-sweat workout doesn’t equate to a lower rate of calorie burning. It could be due to the fact that you’re inside an air conditioned gym, or you simply don’t sweat as much as the average person due to your anatomy.

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