It’s not always about the sweat
Ihave many girlfriends who equate a good workout with lots of sweat. It’s perfectly legit to think that way. I too, tend to feel “cheated” when I go for an exercise class that leaves me as dry as when I first got to the gym. Of course, the full-on air-conditioning is to blame, too.
But guess what, just because you aren’t dripping sweat doesn’t mean that your workout has been for nothing. To use sweat as an indicator for exercise efficacy would only be fair for cardio-based sessions, where heart rate is paramount. When it comes to strength training (which is really important for women, by the way), I’ve been proven time and again that the most telltale sign of an effective workout is the soreness of my muscles the next day.
When I feel so achy that I have difficulty pushing a glass door open, or when I walk down the stairs looking like I’ve got a wad of tissue stuck in my butt, that’s how I know I should sign up for the workout again. And again.
After years of working with fitness trainers, I’ve learnt that when it comes to exercise, the weaker you are in something, the more you need to be doing it. If, like me, you’re looking to get stronger in your arms/core/legs/any other body part, you’ll love the list of strength-training (read: body-toning) classes we’ve put together in this issue on pg 42. The Shape team went around the island to try them, and took notes about what we really like at each class. We hope you’ll enjoy the workouts as much as we do.
If you aren’t a fan of visiting the gym or studio, we’ve got two amazing workouts to try at home. On pg 20, our cover girl Roxanne Gan (the winner of Shape Fit Girl 2018) demonstrates a kick-ass metabolism-boosting routine designed by Amore Fitness. And on pg 60, learn to dial up the intensity during yoga, so you score big on both the mind and body benefits.
Whatever you choose, it’s time to shake up your routine and get more out of your fit sesh. Remember, sweat is not everything. Have fun!