Do you hate working out because you don’t like to sweat? Or are you one of the many people that use the “I don’t want to ruin my hair” excuse to avoid a workout? It’s a very common problem for so many people. They hate working out because they hate to sweat.
As I sit here typing and trying to think of a way to persuade sweat haters that they should still get fit, I think I’m starting to sweat because I don’t have a magic fix.
Yes, if you exercise your hair may go frizzy and your skin may get damp, but this is a good thing. Sweating is just part of life. I think my best approach is to explain why we sweat and how to make sweating more comfortable. Of course, I also have to give some skin and hair care advice, because, after all, I’m female. And since I love working out, I often build up a good sweat.
Have you ever wondered why some people sweat more than others? And why do we perspire during stressful situations? A friend of mine thought only unfit people started to drip during exercise, so she was shocked to see sweat pouring off me during an intense workout. I took it as a compliment that she thought I was so fit that my body had no need to perspire, but it prompted me to do a little ‘why we sweat’ research.
Amazingly, some people sweat more and some people sweat less depending on their activity level. You may find that you sweat less as you get used to increased exercise intensity. This is primarily because your body is just getting more efficient at cooling itself down—giving you more of a moist glisten instead of a puddle of sweat. Some athletes sometimes sweat more because their body is fine-tuned to remain at optimal temperature for peak performance.
Whatever your physical fitness level, sweat happens. But I hate the thought that anyone would avoid exercise because they dislike feeling sweaty. So, here are my top tips to avoid feeling like a sweaty Betty.
I hope you can use some of my tips to help keep you as dry as possible during your workout. If you still can’t stand the thought of sweating, you may love this quote I once heard: “Sweat is your fat crying.” The benefits of exercise far outweigh the slightly uncomfortable feeling we get from sweating. I think a post-exercise glow is very attractive, because looking after yourself is a beautiful thing.
Samantha Clayton is responsible for all activities relating to exercise and fitness education for Independent Herbalife Members and employees. Through in-person training sessions, educational tools and materials, and her blog (www.discovergoodfitness.com), she ensures that the important role of exercise as part of a healthy, active life is understood by all. She also helps create, organize and promote employee fitness programs and activities as an integral part of the company’s corporate wellness program.
A native of Liverpool, England, Samantha initially worked as a consultant for Herbalife for two years and led the Herbalife24-Fit program, the company’s first comprehensive fitness training program and DVD series.
Before joining the corporate ranks, Samantha was a professional athlete. She represented Great Britain in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in both the 200m and the 4x100m relay events. Prior to the Olympics, she won two medals in the Olympic AAA trials – a silver medal for the 200m and a bronze for the 100m – as well as a silver medal in the 4x100m relay during the European Junior Championships in 1997. Her personal records include 11.40 seconds in the 100m and 23.02 seconds in the 200m.
Samantha is a personal trainer and group exercise coach through the American Fitness and Aerobics Association (AFAA) and International Sport Science Association (ISSA).