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How NOT To Gauge The Effectiveness Of Your Workout

We all know working out is good for you, right?

It increases lean muscle, decreases body fat, improves insulin sensitivity, increases bone density, improves heart health, improves cholesterol ratios… nothing you probably haven’t heard before. However, too many people are blissfully unaware of how to effectively gauge the effectiveness of their workouts. So here’s how NOT to do it.

OMG look at how much I sweat. Awesome workout!

Pump the brakes there, Sparky.

While sweating indicates that your body is attempting to cool itself due to an increase in body temperature, the fact that you do so after a workout doesn’t always mean it was an effective session.

Some people sweat a lot. Some don’t. The point we’re trying to make is that how much you sweat varies for everyone and it has no indication on your level of exertion. Sweat is simply your body’s way of cooling itself. It has very little correlation to how effective your training was. If this were the case, exercising outdoors in the summer would result in far more effective workouts compared to indoor sessions. Too bad it doesn’t.