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#SayItWithSweat - What's in your sweat?


Posted by Cags R under General on 7 January 2014 at 12:00 AM

#SayItWithSweat is all about making your resolutions a reality by getting out the door and into your training!

Whether you've pledged to attend yoga once a week, signed up for your first mud run or joined a gym, your resolution means nothing if you don't Say It With Sweat.

Say It With Sweat Mud running

So, what is sweat made up of?

Sweating is our body's natural cooling system which is controlled by the hypothalamus in the brain. Sweat levels are dependent on fitness levels, gender, genetics, duration of exercise and many other factors, but there are common truths across the board when it comes to sweat:

Sweat is made up of water and minerals - the exact solution will vary depending on the individual, but it can be roughly drafted up to:

  • sodium (0.9 gram/liter)
  • potassium (0.2 g/l)
  • calcium (0.015 g/l)
  • magnesium (0.0013 g/l)
  • zinc (0.4 milligrams/liter)
  • copper (0.3–0.8 mg/l)
  • iron (1 mg/l)
  • chromium (0.1 mg/l)
  • nickel (0.05 mg/l)
  • lead (0.05 mg/l)

With this in mind, the most important tool in your rehydration tool-box is undoubtedly your water bottle! However, drinking electrolyte beverages which contain the minerals you lose through sweat is also important when you've sweated a lot. Alternatively, many of these salts and minerals can be found through natural sources such as bananas, avocados and nuts.

Sweat is one of the ways your body rids itself of toxins - as explained by Olga Allon, founder of Hot Bikram Yoga:

"In the same way that a beauty therapist will use steam during a facial, sweating opens up the pores, paving the way for toxins, dirt and residue to seep out of the many layers of your skin. Although this initial ‘deep clean’ of the pores can sometimes lead to a minor breakout at the beginning, rest assured this is all part and parcel of the detoxing process and should subside after a few sessions."

How to sweat at your best...

  • Stay hydrated - dehydration can lead to over heating,it may seem obvious but if you try to workout without being properly hydrated, you will not be able to sweat effectively. This means your body will be unable to produce the levels of sweat required to cool you properly and thus your performance will be worse. Staying hydrated when inactive is a vital way to improve your training - so don't slack on the water just because you're not sweating at your desk!

  • Clear your skin - save your coco-butter body moisturizer and make-up until after your workout! These products can block the pores and limit your sweating ability, washing away make-up and body lotions before working out is an easy way to help your body's natural cooling system.

  • Wear wicking fabrics - wearing lightweight wicking fabrics (like those used in the Tribesports Performance Range) is a great way to quickly remove sweat from your skin and helps keep you cool and comfortable. The Tribesports wicking fabrics are also treated with Aegis Antimicrobial Technology which helps prevent odor (so you're sweaty, not stinky!)

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