How to Sweat More on a Treadmill


Sweating is nature’s ways of cooling down your body temperature, which is important during an intense treadmill workout. The amount that you sweat depends on a number of factors, such as gender, fitness level, body weight and intensity of the workout. Although women have more sweat glands, men tend to sweat more because their glands are more active. Fit people will sweat more quickly during a workout than sedentary people. However, sedentary and overweight individuals typically sweat more. Change the settings on your treadmill or use fitness tools, such as weights, to sweat more during your workout.

Things You'll Need

  • Dumbbells
  • Perform interval training. Begin with a five-minute warm-up on the treadmill at a 3 mile-per-hour pace. Try running for one minute at 6 miles-per-hour then walk for 1 minute at 3 miles-per-hour. Adjust your pace based on your fitness level. Repeat these intervals for 20 minutes. Complete your workout with a five-minute cool down.

  • Increase the treadmill incline. Running on an incline activates more muscles and increases your heart rate to make the treadmill workout more challenging. Adjust the incline on the treadmill to between 5 and 15 percent to increase the intensity of your workout.

  • Increase the treadmill speed. As your fitness level improves, walk or run faster to increase your heart rate and the intensity of the workout.

  • Carry extra weight to increase the intensity of your workout to sweat more. Hold dumbbells between 5 and 12 pounds while walking on the treadmill. Avoid holding the dumbbells while running.

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