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8 Workouts You'll Love if You Hate to Sweat

Don't Sweat It! These Perspiration-Free Workouts Deliver

-- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor
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There's little I love more than a good run or high-energy kickboxing class where you leave completely covered and dripping with sweat. There's something about being drenched that signals—to me—that I've had a really good workout, really given it my all. But I'm not normal. I know that for most people, especially those who don't like exercise, sweating has a big ick factor to it.

Sweat can get in your eyes, it can make you smelly, and it can really mess up your hair. And let's face it: Some people hate sweating so much that they don't like to work out But don't throw out your workout with the sweat puddles. Even though heart-pumping and sweat-inducing high-intensity exercise is often touted for its health and weight-loss benefits, low-intensity workouts have their perks, too. In fact, a three-month study from the University of Queensland in Australia found that subjects who did Tai Chi (a graceful mix of gentle exercise, stretching and meditation) regularly for 90 days—without any high-intensity activity—had decreases in blood pressure, blood sugar levels and insulin resistance. Not to mention that they also reported lower levels of depression, slept better, had more energy, and dealt with stress more easily.

Oftentimes lower-intensity exercise can be more enjoyable than more intense forms of exercise because it's more comfortable. We all know that exercise that is more comfortable and enjoyable—not some sweaty form of torture—is exercise that you want to do for the long haul. And any exercise you do regularly is good exercise! Below are eight no-sweat, lower-intensity workouts. If you're someone who avoids exercising because you think you'll have to shower afterwards or will spend the time gasping for air, think again. These eight activities are perfectly stress- and sweat-free!

Mat Pilates
Pilates exercises, which are based on dance, yoga, gymnastics and calisthenics, are designed to strength the core, lengthen the body and improve posture (think of the body of a ballerina). This form of exercise involves little to no cardio work, but instead builds on moves that target the abs, back and overall core strength. With Pilates you won't be sweating per se, but you'll definitely be feeling the burn with moves like The Hundred, Double Leg Stretch and other challenging exercises that mix focused breathing with serious core work.
Get started tip: Check out Coach Nicole's 12-minute Pilates Video!
Water Workouts
If you hate to sweat, working out in the water is awesome because even if you are sweating, you won't even know it! Swimming can be an incredibly relaxing workout that works your whole body with little impact on your joints, so it's perfect for people with significant amounts of weight to lose or individuals with injuries or arthritis. Whether it's lap swimming, a water aerobics class or channeling your inner kid and just doggie paddling down and back at the pool, jumping in the water can do wonders for your health.
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Jennipher Walters Jennipher Walters
Jenn is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomeGirls.com, FitBottomedMamas.com and FitBottomedEats.com. A certified personal trainer, health coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and is the author of The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet book (Random House, 2014).

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Member Comments

  • My main exercises are walking,swimming, and yard work and it keeps my B/P stable. - 3/6/2014 10:36:42 PM
  • My main exercises are walking,swimming, and yard work and ot keeps my B/P stable. - 3/6/2014 10:35:57 PM
  • Thanks for sharing - 11/7/2013 5:20:33 AM
  • I am amazed! I sweat through almost every one of the exercises listed. Why would SP offer an article with information that is so inaccurate? Disappointed! - 8/30/2013 12:41:06 PM
  • SHARPEI7
    All 8 of those exercises listed makes me sweat. I don't think there is no true exercise that won't get some perspiration out of you. - 8/29/2013 10:24:32 AM
  • I sweat anytime I start to do something other than a slow walk...cleaning the house, riding my bike, during strength training, and walking from the car to my classroom at school all make me sweat. I believe that it maybe because of how often I workout. My brain senses an increase in movement and says workout time, time to keep cool! - 8/29/2013 10:19:57 AM
  • Must not being doing things correctly as I've sweated doing hatha yoga, walking even below 80 degrees, aqua cardio and strength training! - 7/27/2013 10:36:56 PM
  • I sweat with yoga, and I sweat like a maniac during a good walking workout. To not sweat while walking it would either have to be cold out or I would have to walk a bit more slowly than I would prefer. Also, people don't want to get wet due to sweat but they will jump into a pool? Either way you will need to shower after! - 7/27/2013 6:14:15 PM
  • I sweat with yoga and Pilates. - 5/22/2013 6:54:16 AM
  • I don't like to sweat. But when I exercise I sweat alot
    I love water aerobic. - 5/19/2013 4:16:41 PM
  • If I don't sweat I don't feel like I am getting a decent workout. I know that isn't true, but I just feel that the sweat is indicative of working hard. If I go to the gym (haven't done that in a long time) I can't stand it if it is too cool in there or if there is a fan blowing on or near me. I want to be HOT and sweaty. Cold and sweaty to me indicates illness. One problem I do have is that I do like to be hot and sweaty when I work out, and I do usually work out at lunch time - I don't like going back to work all sweaty! Gross. - 5/19/2013 2:46:57 PM
  • I can even do Zumba and not sweat. Can't believe my lack of sweating is healthy. WHat does it mean? - 10/29/2012 2:58:26 AM
  • I get sick to my stomach when I sweat. It causes me to break out in weird flushes that hurt- Fibromyalgia may be to blame-- seems like all my weird quirks are part of the disorder.

    I sweat with pilates, yoga etc.

    Water work helps tons tons tons, but I have to be careful not to overdo. Sure wish I could get some professionals to help me with what would work-- but insurance issues cause the medical providers to pull back rather than broaden help. Sigh. - 9/7/2012 12:15:54 AM
  • SOUNDQUEST
    i have arthritis in both hips. i am 54 years old. can some one tell me what would be good exercise for my adomen? - 8/22/2012 1:59:16 AM
  • I don't know about "not sweating" but one of my favorite activities is water jogging and using my aqua weights. I'm fortunate to have access to a couple of pools that are water walking/jogging courses with an area for using weights or doing water aerobics. Because I have been lucky enough to inherit arthritis in my hips - yuk - which was made worse by my falling flat on my back last summer, I do water exercises because they are less stressful on the joints. As for sweating ? I don't know - how can you tell if your sweating when you are in water up to your chest ? - 7/27/2012 3:29:54 PM
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