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Sweat? Ya, I sweat - so what?

Monday, May 03, 2010

A while ago when I started on my journey I had someone tell me "Oh, I want to work out and lose weight too - but I hate to sweat." I didn't say anything at the time, but I thought to myself "WTH??"

Ever watch a dog on a hot day and he's panting? How about on a cold day and your car is puffing out that white stuff out the back. It's ways that show something is running hot inside and needs to cool down. (Ok, the car not so much, but you get the idea). I guess it's not a major news flash but the human body sweats to keep cool.

This sweating thing came to mind to me the last time I was at the gym. There were people on the recumbent bike, just tooling along, reading something and not even a droplet forming on the forehead. And then there is the runner that does 30 minutes on the treadmill and may be a bit winded, but not much else.

Ok, I got it. The better shape I'm in, the better my body will process and I may not sweat the rivers I do now. Granted, this big boy is looking at TWO 50 pound bags of dog food to lose and things are going to take a while.

So I sweat. By the end of a workout I'm usually drenched. Am I self conscious about it? Maybe a bit, but I wear that soaking t-shirt as a badge of honor. This is my way to express to the world "Yes! I am doing this!"

I know that if I don't push myself, if I work out and don't even break a sweat, I'm not trying hard enough. I have already seen that in the mornings I might ride the bike for 10 minutes before it happens, but it DOES happen and I'm glad.

So enjoy that sweat! Revel in it! It's not "gross" and if you think it feels funky, then just think of how you will feel after you take that shower to clean off that thinner, better feeling you!

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    I LOVE to sweat, it makes me feel like I'm working. Actually when I was looking into my personal training (back when I was fit), it stated the healthier you are the more you sweat because your body is working to cool you down on the outside and keeping the heat out of the kitchen (I mean the inside)
    2845 days ago
  • PSALM34V7
    If I don't sweat, I'm either dehydrated or not working hard enough. It bugs me some when I don't see ANYbody else sweat (and it sometimes happen), but if I focus on something else, its not a big deal. Sweating is healthy too. Good blog - makes one think.
    2848 days ago
    even worse than the sweating - I turn bright red!
    2848 days ago
    I feel exactly the same way. When I first started going to the gym.. I never broke a sweat. Now, I make sure *I* do before I leave. :-) Being on the treadmill for 30 minutes with an incline usually makes me sweat. :-) I don't feel like I have had a good workout without sweating. :-)

    Keep on doing great!! :-)
    2848 days ago
    It doesn't long & I am sweating too.
    I think it makes us healthier when we sweat like that!
    2848 days ago
    Let's hear it for sweat. I like to sweat now (kind of) because it tells me that I have got my heart rate up and I'm doing my body some good. My husband, who has become extremely fit over the last year, gets kind of stressed because it takes him a lot longer to start sweating and he stops much sooner than he used to, so he feels like he isn't getting a proper work out, even though he is.

    According to the old rhyme, we might be horses--but so what?
    2848 days ago
    Here, here! Sometimes I feel like I am about the only one that sweats and I do feel really insecure about it but I know if I don't sweat (ALOT) I won't get where I am going! Great Blog! Thanks for giving another dose of strength to keep sweating in public!
    2848 days ago
    emoticon Great always!!
    2848 days ago
  • SPARKLE1908
    Great blog...I use to hate to sweat too but I just dab my forehead with my towel and keep on moving...I'd rather be sweaty for a few minutes than be winded and panting for air going up the steps...which one is sexier??? emoticon
    2848 days ago
    emoticon I used to hate sweating too! But now when I workout & sweat, that means I'm closer & closer to victory! If I don't sweat I'm not satisfied. I agree with the others. I like sweating ONLY when I'm working out. Other than that....BOO!! LOL! Have a GREAT week!! YOU ROCK!!!
    2848 days ago
    Sweat is AWESOME! emoticon
    I actually love it when I'm done with a workout and can feel the sweat running down the middle of my back! I don't know maybe I'm just weird... LOL
    2848 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/3/2010 10:45:32 AM
  • CRIS76
    How in the world did you know that I was gonna blog about how bad I sweat LOL

    Great blog - it gets an "I liked this" check mark!!!! THANKS!
    2848 days ago
    You've got it right! No matter what time of year, airconditioning or heat, I ALWAYS SWEAT!!!
    I think it does define the workout!!! So keep sweating!!! I plan to!!! Have a great Monday! emoticon
    2848 days ago
    I enjoy the sweat too. Keep on keeping on!!
    2848 days ago
    I sweat a lot when I work out, run, garden, etc. Even back when I was a tiny little cross country runner, I would be drenched. I think some of us just perspire more than others. I guess there are people who don't sweat much, but I wouldn't consider it a real workout without some sweat! Celebrate the Sweat!!

    BTW, I do agree with Cassy's post. I don't like being just hot in general and sweating for no good reason. My least favorite part of living in Chicago is the 95% summer humidity.

    Thanks again, Ed, for bringing up another great topic!
    2848 days ago
    I think as we learn more as a society and start making these positive, healthy changes, the view people have of sweating is changing, as well. I see more and more people really working up a sweat and fewer of the "Look at me-I'm at the gym!" types. Maybe you will help to spur the change in your gym, too. Keep up the good work, Ed. You're really going to make it! emoticon
    2848 days ago
  • NIXIE27
    I need to sweat more. A badge of honor? Definately!
    2848 days ago
    I think it's amazing how we adjust when there is something that we want. That person who said that to you maybe would like to lose weight but does not want it bad enough yet to make the necessary adjustments. I find it amazing myself in the last two weeks how many adjustments I have made. I am sweating more, walking more, thinking about and planning what I am going to eat and how I am spending my time to better my disposition. This morning before leaving my husband put the TV on Law & Order. It is a show I watch along with all the other crime dramas. I told him, I don't watch that anymore during the day. I have the contemporary Christian music channel on. It lifts my spirits and does not bring me down like the other shows do. You really want what you are working for and the adjustments you have made are a product of that - I think it is great that you wear it like a badge of honor - because it is.

    Anna emoticon
    2848 days ago
    I don't hate to sweat, I just hate being warm in general. I hate the summer.
    Maybe when I'm not so insulated I'll like the sun a bit more :)
    Isn't that a nice word for it? "Insulated." emoticon
    2848 days ago
    I hear ya, Ed! I am soaked when I come in from walk/run intervals, in spite of wicking technology, LOL ... and my whole face is beet red. I don't consider it a workout if those things don't happen!
    2848 days ago
    Hey Ed, Sweat is good It's the body getting rid of the toxins. Good blog and you have a great writing style emoticon
    2848 days ago
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