Q I SWEAT PRO­FUSELY EV­ERY TIME I EX­ER­CISE. IS THIS A SIGN OF UNFITNESS?

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AN­DREW, LEIGHTON BUZ­ZARD

Quite the con­trary, An­drew. This kind of vis­i­ble ex­haus­tion is more likely a sign of good fit­ness, as it shows your body’s cool­ing re­sponse is work­ing ef­fec­tively. While it’s true that ex­ces­sive sweat­ing can be a re­sult of hav­ing more body mass to cool down, very fit peo­ple re­act in the same way, as their bod­ies have adapted to deal with reg­u­lar ex­er­tion.

But if the ef­fects of your work­out are damp­en­ing spir­its as well as your shirts, there is a way to stem the flow. Stud­ies from the Univer­sity of Ottawa found that peo­ple who drank ice-cold wa­ter dur­ing ex­er­cise per­spired less, thanks to ther­more­cep­tors in the ab­domen, which de­tect tem­per­a­ture changes and tell the brain to de­crease sweat out­put. Pop a bot­tle in the freezer ahead of your next ses­sion and it’ll be easy to keep your pro­fes­sional cool back at the of­fice.

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