Friday, August 22, 2014
I live in central Florida where there is lots of heat and humidity. (Today our 94 degrees has a "feels like" rating of 101.) I'm not complaining. We have very little winter and can get outdoors year round. But sweat is an obstacle, a barrier to living an active life. I found that to be especially true back when I was establishing my healthy lifestyle while working a professional desk job where I was expected to represent our nonprofit agency.
I found I could maximize the number of days I could walk at lunch by wearing a sleeveless shell with an over-shirt or jacket. I'd take off the outer wear, change shoes, and be ready for a small picnic lunch and my walk. As I got fitter, I'd tuck my sleeveless top into my pants and wear a belt, feeling pretty good about the way I looked walking. A splash bath in the restroom and some deodorant made me feel okay about going back to work. When it was too warm to walk at lunch, I'd often stop on the way home to do it. I didn't mind getting home a bit sweaty.
My niece works at Geico where they have an employee gym with showers. She runs at lunch without having to worry about the impact of exercise on her career. In the late 90's and early in this century I lived just a mile and a half from my office. Had they had a shower, I could have walked to work. I hit my all time high weight of 212 while working there. Don't know that walking to work would have been a magic bullet, but it would not have hurt. Maybe some day more employers will support employees with showers and other accommodations so that sweat is not an obstacle to health and fitness. In the meantime, we can all look for ways to manage to be active!