Content editor, Joanna Lowy, comments on all things health-related, and gives you a sneaky peek into her news-based medical musings of the week. Sometimes controversial, other times humorous, always straight from the heart; here you get to know the girl behind the facts! Enjoy! Comments welcome and invited!
It emerged this week that men sweat better than women. Why? Well, researchers have put it down to good old testosterone. And so, us women are the poor victims once again of an evolution favoured towards our brave, strong, and physically fitter counterpart; the man.
Results not only showed that men in general benefit the most from physical exercise (surprise surprise), but that inactive men also break out a bigger sweat than inactive women. Even more shocking was the non "statistically significant" higher sweat rates of active women than inactive men.
"It appears that women are at a disadvantage when they need to sweat a lot during exercise, especially in hot conditions," said Yoshimitsu Inoue, the study's coordinator and a researcher at Osaka International University in Japan, in an interview with science news website LiveScience.
Researchers did not actually measure levels of testosterone in the study which measured the temperature, sweat rate, and activated sweat glands of 37 subjects who cycled for an hour, The Independent revealed, but suggested nonetheless, that it may play a part.
But before I continue pretending that this revelation really is to the disadvantage of women, let's be honest here.
Yes, sweating cools the body, and yes it prevents overheating. But what woman, in her right mind, really wants to sweat, ever? What's the big deal? If anything, this piece of news is to our advantage! It just means we can work out harder without the fear of a red, perspiring, face,and those oh-so-embarassing wet patches (or at least not to the same extent as men, anyway). And that's before we even mention all those gyms we can now sign up to, without the fear of ruining any chances with a potential lover who we may meet on the running machine. So if anything, this piece of news may just encourage more women to exercise more, which can never be a bad thing!
I recently joined a gym (I say recently, but it's getting on for a year now), and having spent the majority of my life beforehand doing absolutely no exercise at all, this new-found membership still makes me proud-even a year on. But I must confess that my own lack of sweat, no matter how far I work at it, has concerned me from time to time. Am I using the machines correctly? Am I spending enough time here? Am I coming enough?
Well, now I know the answer-bring on the sweatless exercise!