Even though you are in water, your body produces sweat as a natural response to keep your body cool while you are exercising.
Obviously if you are training in a heated pool, you will produce more sweat than if you are swimming in the cooler waters of an ocean. The amount of sweat you generate depends on a number of factors, including:
- The temperature of the water.
- The intensity of the training.
- Your level of fitness and body condition.
Why would you care?
If you are doing serious swimming training and competition (including triathletes), playing water-based sports like water polo or surfing for long sessions, it is well known amongst elite athletes that you need to ensure that you replenish fluids and electrolytes. But you may not be aware, that you are also losing copious amounts of high-demand amino acids as well.
These amino acids are used in multiple processes in the body as well as the production of protein, hence the term “high-demand”. Our research has made possible links to their involvement in hydration processes to conserve the electrolyte balance. Some of these amino acids are also very important for maintaining skin moisture and are present on the skin surface as part of the natural moisturising factors produced by the body.
To give you some insight into sweat losses from swimming, here are some statistics published in scientific journals:
For context, runners on average generate around 1,500mL per hour.
- Study 1 found that swimmers on average generated around 900 mL per hour.
- Study 2 found that swimmers on average generated 300 mL per hour.
- Study 3 found that
- Male swimmers lost around 140 mL per Km
- Female swimmers lost 110 mL per Km
- Male water polo players lost around
- 290 mL per hour during training
- 790 ml per hour during matches
Exercise and recovery
- Sports and Exercise Recovery
- How does the body provide amino acids to support exercise?
- High Intensity Training: Losses of fluid + electrolytes +amino acids
- New amino acid formulation challenges traditional pre-workout supplements
OptimAAte® and ElectrAAte® are the next generation amino acid supplements designed to replenish what is lost most during the day from general exertion. These losses are amplified during exercise and life in a hot climate, and can also be exacerbated during bouts of infection.
- Usage of OptimAAte® as directed may assist in the development of muscle mass and the product is useful before, during, or after sustained strenuous exercise.
- Daily supplementation of amino acids has been shown to help reduce fatigue.
- OptimAAte® can be mixed with water in your drink bottle or cup.
- ElectrAAte® can be mixed in the drink bottle or cup and has a light lemon flavouring.
See our blog on exercise and recovery