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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are the benefits of wearing long pants/sleeves when working out?

    I always where shorts and a t-shirt to the gym because I get quite hot on the treadmill… however I notice that so many people wear heavy layers of clothes… why is this? What are the benefits?
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    Kirsty Woods

    Exercise Physiologist

    Hi I’m Kirsty Woods,I would like to use my experience, expertise and passion to help you reach your weight, energy and health goalsI have been … View Profile

    Hi,

    This is a common observation seen in gyms these days. The reason behind why people participate in this behaviour is they are under the misconception that they will burn more calories and gain more from their work out. However what actually occurs is they sweat a lot, causing there body to become dehydrated and therefore impeding their performance and stressing the body. When the body is stressed it releases stress hormones which actually inhibit fat burning. Bottom line is exercise in a comfortable environment to optimize your work out and results. 

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    Special interest include; Wellnes,nutrition, physical exercise, headaches and sports injuries. My aim is to improve the wellness and health of all my clients. View Profile

    Kirsty is spot on. Wearing excessive clothing oonly increases a persons loss of water. Which when they weigh themselves after their workout they “appear lighter”. This is extra loss of water is not good for several body systems, muscles recovery, immune system, nerves, preety much every cell in your body!!! 

    Compression clothing such as skins are sometimes worn by some people. Some research indicates they help with blood supply, removal of lactic acid (what makes muscles hurt after a work out) and minmize trauma to muscles. 

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