Body Check – Sweat Transcript
Dr Christian: Whether we like it or not we all sweat.
And without it we’d die. Sweating is essential to regulate body temperature and stop our organs from over heating.
And even at rest in a cool environment a normal person loses about half a litre of sweat in a day.
Some people sweat more than others, usually men sweat more than women and some people can sweat excessively with a condition called hyperhidrosis.
However much you sweat it’s essential to keep hydrated aAnd there’s an easy way to check your sweat rate at home, so you can keep your hydration levels just right.
You need to weigh yourself before and after a work out ñ in the same clothes.
You should keep hydrated while exercising so for an accurate test weigh yourself holding the amount of water you intend to drink. And make sure to hold whatever’s left over for the post training weigh in.
Time how long you exercise for and then use our online calculator to determine how much fluid you’ve lost.
Dr Christian: Come on guys, i wanna see you sweating! Even on this freezing day this is how much fluid these guys have lost.
Dr Christian: Right guys, well I’ve done the maths you managed to lose during in your training session 1.8 kilos. So nearly double actually what a lot of these guys lost. You guys basically, on average, need to rehydrate yourselves with about a litre per hour because that’s what you’re losing. Does that make sense? You probably a little bit more, you need about sort of 1 and a half litres per hour.
Dr Christian:Knowing your sweat levels will help you get your levels of hydration just right.
Because if you don’t drink enough, you’re body can’t produce enough sweat to keep itself cool. And this can put a strain on your heart.
If you drink far too much water you’re at risk of over diluting your sodium levels in your blood and this can be fatal.
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And if you have any concerns about your sweat levels or think you may be sweating excessively then make sure to contact your GP.
Body Check: Sweat
Weather we like or not, we all sweat and without it we’d die. Sweating is essential to regulate body temperature and stop our organs from overheating. In this video, Dr Christian explains how to keep track of your sweat levels.
You need to weigh yourself before and after a workout in the same clothes, and you should keep hydrated during your workout. For an accurate result, weigh yourself holding your water bottle.
Time how long you exercise for and then use our sweat calculator (above) to determine how much fluid you’ve lost.
Some people sweat more than others in a condition called ‘Hyperhidrosis’. But however much you sweat, it’s essential to keep your hydration levels just right. Knowing your sweat rate will help regulate your hydration levels as not drinking enough water, or drinking too much, can lead to medical conditions.
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