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When you sweat, does it mean you are burning calories even if you aren't exercising?

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According to WebMD, sweating is not an indicator of burning calories or exertion. The body is able to burn calories without breaking a sweat. Activities such like walking or even sitting burn calories, but do not necessarily cause sweat.

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When you sweat, does it mean you are burning calories even if you aren't exercising?
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Sweat is the way that human bodies regulate and cool core temperature. Women's Health states that higher core temperatures do not mean that more calories are being burned. The fitter a person is, the less likely they are to sweat during physical activity. This is because the body of a fit person is conditioned better and it takes more to raise the core temperature and produce sweat.

Women's Health also states that if a person is sweating profusely 10 minutes into a workout, it does not necessarily mean they are unfit. Everyone is equipped with different amounts of sweat glands.

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