Q: Can you get a good workout without breaking a sweat?
Oz Says: Yes, you can!
It's a myth that more sweat equals a better workout. Sure, grueling exercise can leave you soaked, but so can a walk on a hot day. That's because sweating is a mechanism your body uses to stay cool, not a barometer of how hard you're working.
Low- or moderate-intensity exercise can do plenty for you — like lower your blood pressure and blood sugar and tack extra years onto your life. It might not torch as many calories as a high-intensity session would, but you'll still reap big benefits (and smell a little sweeter!).
Experts suggest exercising for 150 minutes a week. Two no-sweat strategies for getting it done:
- Five times a week, carve out 30 minutes for walking, low-intensity cycling, or vigorous household chores (like weeding the garden or mowing the lawn).
- Work smaller bouts of motion into your day. Pace while brushing your teeth, take a 10-minute lunch break stroll, and climb the stairs during a phone call.
How to Burn Cals + Stay Cool
- Wear moisture-wicking, formfitting clothes. Baggier pieces trap in more heat, says Glen Kenny, PhD, a physiology professor at the University of Ottawa.
- Aim a cooling fan at yourself while working out indoors. Try Rowenta's powerful Turbo Silence Pedestal Fan ($130, bedbathandbeyond.com).
This story originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.
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