Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Dear All People Everywhere,
I understand that in many cultures, it is not common for people to wear deodorant or antiperspirant. I think that's awesome. It's a personal choice. No need to rub excess chemicals into your armpits if you don't feel inclined. Frankly, even if your culture does wear deodorant, and you choose not to, it's cool.
But I've got news for you. When you hit the gym, you smell! You're used to your own smell. You don't notice it anymore. But everyone else does. Notice how there's nobody on the treadmill to your left? And nobody on the treadmill to your right?
It's because you stink.
If you're going to choose NOT to wear deodorant AND you want to exercise in an enclosed public space, PLEASE, for the love of God, wear clean clothes and shower or bathe right before your workout. Scrub those armpits! Wash between your legs! Lather your feet! (These are also pretty key for people who DO wear deodorant... however they can usually get away with a morning shower before an evening workout.)
If you don't have time to clean your body before you exercise, or you don't have clean clothes to wear... STAY HOME. Do an exercise video. Or run around the block. Or do laundry and pack your shower gel so that you'll be ready to exercise in a societally-acceptable way tomorrow!
The person who was on the treadmill next to you and kept breathing into her towel before she finally just gave up and walked away.