Sunday, July 06, 2008


Sweat is essential to losing weight, especially the first few months that you start on an exercise program. Sweat gets rid of excess water buildup, such as the kind that is there because of carbohydrates latching onto water particles, as well as many toxins such as ammonia and urea from protein breakdown, and excess glucose and salt. Chlorides and minerals are also present in sweat. It destresses the body. When you do a hard workout where you sweat a lot, drink water to replace the water you lose from sweat. You will still be getting rid of toxins.

When your temperature rises too high, your hypothalamus, an endocrine gland in your lower brain, releases a hormone top your pituitary gland which releases another hormone to sweat glands in your skin. The sweat helps your skin cool down. It leaves the body through skin pores. ├╣When it evaporates, you feel cool. It is the body air conditioning system in a sense.

Do not work out in excess heat. See the heat stroke Web log.

For the past several blog posts, I have not created exercise programs. Look to past posts or search by muscle group, and you will find them!

Disclaimer: None of the above information can be taken as a substitute for advice from a medical professional, such as a physician.

My third book, Pocket Guide to Fitness, is available on,, and If you look up my name on those Web sites, you will find my other books The Boy in a Wheelchair and Life, Work and Play: Poems and Short Stories.

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