When I exercise, I expect to sweat. It’s all part of the reason I love to move.
Hydration is always paramount, but it’s especially important when you’re losing water through your sweat. With that said, below are some other ways to get sweaty (without exercising, which is obviously one of the very best!) Sweat Bullets.
Common misconception: Sweating means I’ve worked hard.
Fact: Sweat is not a gauge of how hard you are working. Our bodies produce sweat as a way to cool down, it’s an indicator of how hot your body is.
Sorry Charlie, hotter core temperatures don’t equal more calories burned. Sweating is simply your body’s way of getting rid of that extra heat. Dang…Onward.
Option 1) Hot and spicy food
Eat it! I love chilies and lots of garlic. Food with flavor and heat! (But not soooo much burn… my tongue has a nuclear meltdown). 😉
Foods with peppers in them have Capsaicin, which makes them hot and healthy. Capsaicin may even give your metabolism a quick boost. So dip into that hot salsa—or maybe try Dark Chocolate Chili Almond Bar from Kind, which has three different types of hot chili peppers. Cool huh?!
Spicy foods trigger the same receptors in your skin that respond to heat. Capsaicin, sends signals to your sweat glands. And, because the glands think your body needs to cool off, they’ll begin to produce sweat. Viola! Forehead beads.
Option 2) Caffeine
So much to brew…so little time! Drink some coffee or tea (caffeinated), not the herbal variety. Caffeine research shows that it stimulates the central nervous system—activating sweat glands. Yay java! Yay caffeine! Yay black tea! Must.have.them.all.
Option 3) The Sauna
Visit one! A sauna is a type of heat bath that uses dry heat to create very high temperatures and induce heavy perspiration. Most saunas have interiors lined with wood. They can be heated with small stoves with stones on top. You toss water on the stones or on the walls of the sauna to increase the humidity and make it more comfortable. Most saunas reach temperatures upwards of 180 degrees F, so you shouldn’t stay in for more than 15 or 20 minutes.
The heat from the sauna increases your heart rate and causes your blood vessels to relax and dilate, allowing more blood to reach your arms, legs, hands and feet.
The metabolic effect of a sauna is similar to that of strenuous exercise.
Unfortunately, it does not have the same muscular or cardiovascular benefits as exercise.
- drink plenty of water both before and after sauna to avoid dehydration
- limit your time in the sauna – no longer than 15-20 minutes
- if you have any pre-existing heart conditions, avoid sauna altogether
- wear flip-flops to avoid picking up bacteria
- listen to your body! If you feel light-headed or dizzy leave the room immediately and drink some cold water
For some reason, I always mix up saunas and steam rooms. In my mind, they seem interchangeable. I could never remember which one is dry and/or wet heat. Anyhow, I realize they are completely different. Maybe this blog post will finally put an end to my years of confusion. Maybe.
Quantity or quality, when it comes to a sweaty workout?
Whats the spiciest thing you’ve ever eaten? What happened?
***Disclaimer: Not a paid advertisement. Always check with your doctor first before starting new fitness routines to ensure that they’re right for you.***All opinions expressed are 100% my own.