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Welcome to Summer!!

In Alberta we don’t get a lot of nice weather. Our summer usually only lasts a couple of months.

I would like everyone to try to take advantage of the summer weather to do things outside.

While you are lying in the sun, enjoying the beautiful weather, take yourself back to the 10 months (almost) of winter we had, and about the hard work you put in at the Dojang to get to where you are.

Going to class a couple of times a week during the summer months is not a huge commitment and it will keep you on the right track, rather than not training and starting from square one in September.

Just my thoughts.

See you in class
Master Bartley

The Sweatiest Thing
By Joe Wilkes

Perspiration, or sweating, is an important and unavoidable part of any decent workout. So why are we trying to make you sweat so much and what does sweat do for us anyway? Why is it that some of us sweat more than others and what can we do to lessen sweat’s smelly sidekick, body odor?

A tale of two glands
The human body contains about 2.8 million sweat glands, a complex subcutaneous misting system that operates all day, all night, over almost every inch of your body, to help keep you cool. Even if you think you’re not sweating, you are—the amount of fluid is just so small that it evaporates almost immediately.

There are two general types of sweat glands: eccrine glands and apocrine glands. The eccrine glands are the most common ones. They excrete water with a little bit of sodium pretty much any place you have skin. This is the sweat on your palms, your feet, and your face, and the sweat that pours out in buckets after a good Taekwondo workout. The apocrine glands are located primarily under your arms and in the genital area. In addition to water and saline, the apocrine glands also excrete small amounts of fat and protein. This is what turns the armpits of your Tshirts yellow. (There is also a third type of sweat gland, the ceruminous gland, that produces ear wax, and is located in, duh, your ear).

Sweat itself is odorless—it’s the bacteria on your skin that causes body odor. When fat and protein are excreted by the apocrine glands, they are metabolized by the bacteria, creating that unpleasant, all-too-familiar odor. Our apocrine glands don’t usually get fired up until adolescence, which explains why little kids can run around and get all sweaty without smelling much worse. It’s also why teenagers and adults can benefit from antiperspirants and deodorants, while they don’t do anything for children.

It’s getting hot in here . . .

There are three basic reasons we sweat: it’s hot out, our nervous system is in overdrive, or we’ve just created extra body heat through muscle exertion. You can probably guess which one is preferable.

 

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