Does More Sweat Equal a Better Workout?

I both an avid spinner and weight trainer – both leave me feeling totally different afterward. When I spin, I leave the studio dripping with sweat and out of breath (it’s also a closed-in studio with 43 other people and clearly high on the cardio scale). But with weightlifting, depending on what muscle group I’m working, I could leave the gym dry, as if I haven’t worked out at all. So, does this mean that my weight training isn’t giving me a good workout?

Not really. There’s a definite misconception that if you sweat more, you worked out better and harder, but that’s not always the case.

Why do I sweat? You sweat to lower your body temperature (so it makes sense that when I spin, I sweat more because I’m so damn hot) – then the sweat evaporates and your skin cools down, lowering your temperature.

Keep in mind that everyone’s body is different – so depending on lots of factors (temperature, humidity or even how in shape you are), how much you sweat will vary.

So, if I sweat more, do I burn more calories? Was my workout more effective? Hate to say it, but nope! After a sweaty run outside or a hot yoga class, you might notice your weight go down a bit but that’s just due to water weight, which will come back. They’ve even done research in heated yoga classes + the number of calories burned by men and women. The number was lower than some might think, but that’s because the heat helps muscle flexibility, not intensifying the workout.

Okay, so how can I make my workout more effective if I’m not measuring my sweat? Focus on how long your workouts are and how intense they are. If you’re looking to lose weight (aka burn more calories) – increase the duration of your workouts or the amount of cardio you’re doing. If you’re lifting weights, focus on the amount of weight your lifting and how many reps you’re doing.

Friday Favourites

Hopefully, this becomes a regular #FridayFavourites posts but as of right now, I can make no promises. Besides, things are more fun when they’re unexpected … right?

But, let’s get right to it and keep this short and sweet!

Favourite Song: Tell Me You Love Me (Dave Aude Remix) – Demi Lovato – this song has been on repeat for almost two weeks now. I just can’t stop listening to it. It has a great pace for working out or as a quick weight track during a spin class.

Favourite Workout: As always, #BootyGains, so I’m loving weighted 1 + 1/4 hip thrusts. To do these, sit on the floor against a bench (with the bench perpendicular to your body) and lay either a barbell or a dumbbell across your body, just below your hips. Place your feet about hip-width apart and then lift your legs and body off of the ground, squeezing your glutes, until your legs create a 90-degree angle. Lower about 1/4 of the way, then go back up to the top again. Now lower all the way to the mat. That’s 1 rep. (Don’t worry, I’ve linked a video here if that was confusing)

Favourite “Guilty Pleasure” Snack: Lately, I’ve been loving and craving both chocolate ice cream with nerds or Old Dutch baked dill pickle chips. Drooool. These are a staple in my snack cupboard and I’ve been indulging lots this week. Oops.

Favourite Workout Clothing: Spin classes are sweat inducing and if I can get away with wearing a sports bra and leggings, I will. The Sweat Times bra from Lululemon has been a godsend and I am in love! It’s made with full-on Luxtreme (their signature fabric) and has medium support. Go get one and thank me later!

Favourite On the Go Snack: This is the most expensive and indulgent snack, but if you’re in the Toronto area and are looking for something quick and healthy, I highly recommend the Liliko’l Smoothie from Palm Lane. It’s vegan, gluten-free and made with banana, mango, passionfruit, coconut milk, agave, and turmeric. It is so yummy, I can’t even describe it in words.

Happy Friday, friends! Hope you have a lovely weekend!