Air Circulation When Exercising

While reading my Essentials of Exercise Science book yesterday for my personal trainer certification, I came across a really interesting fact.

As a teacher, activating prior knowledge, and then making connections while reading are both really key reading strategies we use with our students in order to improve reading comprehension.

So, today, you are my students! 😉

When you exercise, what is the climate of the room?

Do you like it warm or cooler?

Do you exercise outside?

Do you have a fan running while you workout?

These are things I never thought much of.

When I workout, if I’m chilly to start, I start with a tshirt or long sleeve shirt on, and then usually strip down to a tank or sports bra as my body warms up. I usually like it warmer in the room as I feel I sweat more…(burn more calories in my head 🙂 )

When working out, air circulation is critical for your body to cool off.

Sweating is the body’s way of cooling off. The blood moves closer to the skin level so that it can cool off near the surface, which is near the air.

If there is limited air movement around you, the air around you will become saturated with the sweat molecules (think evaporation) and then the air will be more like a humid rain forest.

Not a very cool place for your body to seek refuge as you continue your workout!

Actually, could be dangerous, as you could end up suffering from heat exhaustion, etc.

This reminds me of a day back in April right before Easter. I was doing a TurboFire HIIT workout in the bedroom before taking Anthony to get his Easter pics taken. My husband was in the shower and came into the bedroom to get his cologne. He made the comment that the room was like a sauna.

I thought he was exaggerating or trying to make me feel great for working so hard.

However, as I was reading this in my book, I recalled him saying this, and realized there was truth to his comment!

So, even if you are working out indoors, be sure your gym has a fan nearby. If you are like me, and workout at home, be sure that you have a fan or an open window in the room circulating the air. Something small I never realized could affect me!

Stay tuned…summer heat is coming soon…tips for taking care of yourself during workouts in the outdoor heat.

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About Katie Choudhary
Joyful Catholic wife and mom. Former teacher and former college athlete. Baptism Prep, Momnipotent, and Guardians and Angels group facilitator, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd directress at the Cathedral of Saint Raymond in Joliet, Illinois. MEd in Educational Leadership with a Type 75 certification.

3 Responses to Air Circulation When Exercising

  1. kk says:

    I agree with you. Many people take sweat as an indicator of the effectiveness of the workout! Sweating is just a means of preventing your body from over-heating. Helping the body to loose the excess heat will in fact enable the ‘machine’ to work better. On the other hand, generating excessive heat in an already hot sultry humid atmosphere and not helping heat dissipation could result in a crash of the heat-regulation mechanism — heat stroke etc.

  2. kk says:

    “Sweating is just a means of preventing your body from over-heating.” Sorry, — ‘it’s the evaporation of sweat, not the sweat itself, that cools us down” — thus the importance of air circulation.

  3. paul says:

    I am the uncle she sent home p90 x with. When you finish p90 x you think you can do anything. Then you begin Asylum and you think, how am I going to make it to day 30. But you keep pushing play and doing it. And before you know it, people are telling you, “wow,you look ripped, or cut, or incredible, or hot. and you say to yourself, I guess its working. it is not the most fun workout, but Ive worked out for 20 years and never got results this fast. Im doing a combo of p90x and asylum right now. and wouldn’t have it any other way.

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