To make the most a workout, your heart has to work harder for blood to pump to the working muscles. But does a toasty warm environment make a difference? To up the ante on their sweat quotient, exercisers can choose to take their workout to a hotbox — taking a workout to a hotter place can change the way the heart pumps. “Sweating promotes detoxification and elimination through the skin, which is the body’s largest eliminating organ,” says an expert. With plenty of variables to consider — fitness level, hydration status, exercise intensity, and length of exposure to the heat, more studies are needed to know how effective it can be as a training method.
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