How Much Should You Really Sweat During a Workout?

Whether you break a sweat the moment the treadmill starts moving or you feel more of your neighbor’s sweat spraying you in HIIT class than your own, you may have wondered what’s normal and whether you’re sweating enough or too much. In reality, everyone sweats at different temperatures and at different exertion levels. But what causes some of these differences and when is it time for concern?

First and foremost, know that sweating is completely normal. “Sweating is a normal healthy response to heating of the body,” says Stacy R. Smith, M.D. “That heating can come from external sources like the weather in Florida or the heat generated from muscle activity during exercise.”

Excerpted from Shape

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