Have you ever wondered what’s the deal with all the sweat? I don’t know about you, but when I work out, I’m a sweaty mess. Pretty gross if you ask me. I’ve realized that over the last year as I have lost weight and become more healthy, that I also seem to sweat more when I workout. So, what’s the deal? I mean, I expect to sweat a little when I work out, but sometimes it can be ridiculous! Some things we have a little control over, while others, we simply don’t. For instance, did you know that we are all born with between two and four million sweat glands? Women (lucky us), have more sweat glands than men, but men have more active sweat glands. More sweat glands, and more active sweat glands equals more sweat….certainly something that can’t be controlled. Also, the external heat and how intensely you’re working out will definitely affect the amount of sweat you produce.
Fun fact: Fit men sweat more than fit women do. The same number of sweat glands may be active, but women excrete less sweat from each gland. People that are in good shape sweat more efficiently, meaning that they start to sweat sooner than people with a sedentary lifestyle. The fit person’s body knows how to stay cool. So, before their body heat really starts to rise, they begin to sweat to keep their body heat lower. Someone with a sedentary lifestyle doing the same workout will begin sweating when their body heat rises thus, sweating later in the workout. Overweight people will also sweat more than those of average weight. Fat is an insulator and causes the body core temperature to rise quickly. So, their bodies have to work harder to cool down their core temperatures.
Some things that are in your control as far as your sweat is concerned: caffeine, drinking alcohol and smoking can increase perspiration. So, if you want to sweat a little less, cut back on the consumption of any items containing these things. Also, synthetic fabrics tend to be less breathable and trap in more heat….which in turn makes you more sweaty. Try choosing more breathable fabrics to workout in.
All in all, if you’re working out, you’re going to sweat. It’s hard to avoid. So, plan on showering after a good workout.