Many people think that the more they have sweat the more they can burn calories. But sweating neither can burn fat nor offer a sign of intense exercise. Rather it is a deeply individualized bodily experience. The main function of sweating is to help our bodies to balance the external temperature of our body. Sometimes to have a radiant glow after post-workout, you need a good sweat. It is good for our health and ensures a sound sleep after a stressful day.

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Professor J. Ray Runyon said, “Different types of sweat glands produce different types of sweat, but sweat glands are really everywhere.” Mr. Runyon also added, “There’s lots of water, salt, hormone metabolites, steroid metabolites, and stress response molecules.”

Professor of medicine Dr. Esther M. Sternberg said, “Sweat can be a window into our overall health and illness. It’s a more direct way [to measure health and disease] than drawing blood.”

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Associate professor of exercise physiology Abbie Smith-Ryan stated, “Sweating is the ability to maintain the core temperature so that you can be cool and continue to exercise. This means that the better shape you’re in, the more efficient you become at cooling your body.”

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So, sweating doesn’t have a direct association with burning calories. Because it doesn’t indicate how much calories or fat you are burning for a certain amount of sweating. It also doesn’t indicate the exercise intensity directly. Rather excessive sweating can be a cause of lightheadedness and dehydration. It also can lead to queasiness.