THE BOOTY. Your Gluteus Maximus is the largest muscle in the human body. The stronger your butt is the more calories you will burn while just sitting on the couch or at your desk. This is why so many people find that they benefit from adding a 'Leg & Butt Day' to your routine. This is also why squats are so damn popular. What I tell my clients is at any point in your life squeeze your bum! When you stand up from sitting, squeeze your bum! When you bend over to pick something up, once you're back to standing, squeeze your bum! When you're waiting in a line at Starbucks, squeeze your bum! Haha, you get the message. The next largest muscle is The Latissimus Dorsi, which is the widest muscle in the human body. I call these the 'swimmer muslces'. They are the most beautiful back muscles that are very dominant in swimmers. This is also why it is so important to train your back, completing heavy sets of Lat-Pulls, Rows and Wide Grip Pull ups (palms facing away from you). Isn't it interesting that both of the largest muscles in the body are on the posterior side? Hmmmm....makes you rethink how you workout eh?
WRONG. Did you know we all have 2-4 million sweat glands, and woman tend to have more then men. Our body sweats to cool us down, so if you're a particularly warm person, when you workout you will probably sweat more.
On the flip side, if you look next to you in a hot yoga class and the person is lightly perspiring and you're drenched, it could be because they are dehydrated or blessed with minimal sweat glands. Some studies also indicate that the fitter you are the less you sweat. Through my experience I wouldn't completely agree with this, as some of my fittest clients look like they just went swimming after our workouts. Another study indicates that if you smoke, drink caffeine and/or alcohol your body will sweat more because these 3 lovely habits stimulate the central nervous system, activating your sweat glands
In conclusion the amount you sweat has nothing to do with the amount of calories you burn. Sweating is a great way to rid the body's toxins so make sure you sweat at least once/day if not a few times/week.
Feeling weak, anxious and unconnected to my body lead me to start exercising. I joined a dance class once a week and after every dance class I had a glow about me, and it wasn't just from the sweat that I built up in class, it was something more. I realized it was the endorphins that were being produced from the physical activity I was doing. Join me and start moving and feel the difference. Read my blog to get motivation, try the exercises I've posted, contact me for personal training, bootcamps, workout cards or just go for a walk. Any activity is good activity.