In 2020, we are nearly addicted to the “sweat sesh”. A scroll through our Instagram feed instructs us to drop into a studio, boutique, or gym and work up a SWEAT. Our week increasingly fills with visits to our favorite fitness facilities and if we break a serious sweat for 30-60 minutes, we experience a sense of achievement. What’s worse is that we care far less about what we are doing, as long as we are sweating. A 60-min run, hot yoga class, spin class, or strength training workout all leave us with sweat dripping off our nose. Consequentially, we group these activities into the broad category of “sweat sesh” and we assume an equal benefit.
I think we can take a more logical approach. We should look at the workout as a stimulus. More importantly, a stimulus that creates downstream acute or chronic changes to our physiology. You can sweat with aerobic exercise six times per week, but if you don’t do strength training exercise, you are missing out on the distinct benefits of resistance exercise. When someone tells me, “I don’t strength train, I decided to take up yoga” that’s analogous to saying, “I don’t eat food, I just focus on sleep.” Just as nutrition and sleep are not the same thing, yoga and strength training are not the same thing (not my best analogy, but it works).