You’ve got questions, and I’ve got answers – regarding your workout. 

  • Let’s start with question #1: What’s the ideal temperature for a workout? Most fitness experts agree the best temperature is between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Any hotter, and you’ll risk dehydration from too much sweat. Any colder, and you may get chills from your sweaty skin exposed to the cold air. That’s why most gyms set the thermostat at 70 degrees.

  • Next fitness question: Do sweat pants help you get in shape faster than wearing shorts? This rumor comes from the boxing world, and all those “Rocky” movies where fighters learned to shed weight fast by wearing bulky clothes during their work out. All this does is make them sweat more. And once they’ve lost enough water to meet their weight requirements, they immediately rehydrate themselves before it’s time to step inside the ring. Unfortunately, the amount you sweat has NOTHING to do with how many calories you burn, or how much muscle you build. Sweat simply means your body is too hot. And too much sweat can actually be dangerous! You can get dehydrated. So wear sweat-wicking clothing so you can cool off. 

  • Here’s one last fitness question: Which exercise burns the most calories? Experts say the best way to burn calories is to do a combination of aerobic exercise and weight training. And the weight training is essential, because the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you’ll burn all day long. So every other day alternate between aerobic exercise and weight training to maximize your weight loss and improve your overall fitness.