Lets Talk About Sweat, Baby!
We know that blood, sweat and tears indicates considerable effort. Sweating it out can imply you’re awaiting some important news, but can also be taken literally, as in staying in bed with the flu (obviously that only applies to men, as women would simply get up and crack on!). Then there’s a scary, cold sweat. Now, we all do it, especially when we exercise, but just how much do you know about sweating?
- We actually sweat all the time but may not notice it. This is the body’s primary route to getting rid of excess heat which results from metabolic activity in the cells.
- On average, we have 2.6 million sweat glands that can be found all over the body apart from on the lips or nipples.
- How much we sweat is dependent upon activity level, ethnicity, gender, emotional state and obviously temperature. In general, sweat gland activity decreases with age which is the reason why older people tend to tolerate heat less well. Logically, then you senior members should be careful when working out in hotter weather, you might wish to bring it down a little.
- There are two types of sweat glands. The eccrines respond to emotional stimuli, especially fear or sexual arousal. While sweat from the eccrine glands is essentially odourless, perspiration from the apocrines produces an odour because of the interaction of organic sweat particles with bacteria already present on the skin.
- Research shows that as you become fitter, generally you begin to sweat ‘more efficiently’ i.e. earlier, or at a lower internal temperature, than previously. Sweating earlier helps the body to better regulate your core temperature in all temperatures and at all activity levels.
Remember – here at énergie our sole aim is to put sweat on your brow and a smile on your face!