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AUNTIECELLA SparkPoints: (11,130)
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6/24/13 2:04 P

I sweat a lot when working out. If I'm in the gym I keep a towel handy to wipe off my face and hands and if I'm running outside I just ignore it. When I see people working out who aren't breaking a sweat I have to wonder if they are getting any benefit from their time at the gym.

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
6/24/13 1:14 P

Excellent suggestions.

I agree with embracing your workouts and trying to break a sweat.

KURS10B Posts: 5,106
6/24/13 12:51 P

Get some workout skirts (like tennis skirts) as they cover the fact that you are sweating down there. I like to wear an extra pair of spandex shorts under because the built in shorts tend to roll up my legs. I also have several tanks made of the same thing. And the best thing, you can get them at walmart, target, etc for fairly cheap. No need to spend $40 per shirt at the sport store. I have been wearing them for years. I toss them in the wash and hang them to dry so it doesn't kill all the stretch.

LOTSACATS SparkPoints: (43,326)
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6/24/13 11:29 A

I'm definitely a sweater as well. Well I am a person who sweats a lot, not an article of clothing, but you get my drift. In addition, I am also very pale so I turn bright pink when I work out. I joke that my stripper name should be Pink N Sweaty but I'd rather be pink and sweaty from a workout than dry and fat.

KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (44,612)
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6/24/13 10:23 A

I too am one of those people who can sweat easily and when I workout, I am dripping when I'm done even when I workout in my AC cooled apartment or fitness center.

In college, I would wear black compression shorts under my workout shorts if they were lighter in color so the sweat wouldn't show through on them and I switched from t-shirts to specific body wicking tanks,which really look and feel like swimsuits, and you can't see sweat marks on those at all.

But after reading this and seeing hyperhidrosis, pretty sure I'm going to check that out due to how much/when I sweat other than when I'm exercising!

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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6/24/13 9:29 A

If you are exercising, people *expect* you to sweat! When I see people at the gym who are pouring sweat, I don't think "eew, gross" I think "Man, she's getting one heck of a workout!" In fact, I'm actually jealous; I don't sweat easily, and that's NOT a good thing. I'm more prone to heat illness and exhaustion because my body doesn't cool itself as efficiently as yours.

I guarantee you that you think about it a lot more than anyone else does.

Sweating is a normal, natural part of exercise. No one cares. Really. :) And if they do, they're not as awesome as you, anyway!

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
6/24/13 5:40 A

I'm one of those people who sweats even when I'm completely still, if it's hot enough. It is uncomfortable but it's a fact of life and you shouldn't let it stop you! (Strangely I don't really sweat that much when I work out, unless it's hot in the gym - the environmental heat is what gets me.) Now that it's summer - and I work out in a gym that doesn't have AC! - I'm usually dripping with sweat and you know what... that's not going to stop me from getting my workout. I have a nice big towel and I wipe down machines and benches and so does everyone else because everyone sweats, even if we don't notice them doing it. Don't let it stand in your way! And if you have a condition (hyperhidrosis or whatever it's called), a dermatologist can help.

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6/24/13 4:46 A

Say on a nice spring day, you walk from your car to to your office. Or you take a walk around the block. Are you starting to sweat with very little effort expended? If so, speak to a board-certified dermatologist about hyperhydrosis.

I had it as a child, I'd run around a little and I'd be dripping when other kids weren't even breaking a sweat. After walking from the parking garage and halfway through the hospital to my office in February (which is very cold and windy in Maryland!), in just a long sleeve shirt and jeans (and people forever asking where my coat was!), I started seeing a dermatologist about this.

I'm at the point where I take medication twice daily (Robinul) and have Botox injected once a year under my arms. Do I still sweat? Yep, when I hit the gym and start getting into my workout I absolutely do! But it is much better to be able to get along in my daily activities without wet spots under my arm (try clinical strength deodorant first before even thinking about Botox), or my sweat ruining my freshly straightened hair.

And my weight had nothing to do with it, I've always had a BMI of under 20.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,451
6/24/13 2:27 A

One of the things that happens as you continue to work out regularly is that your body gets more efficient at cooling itself, and you end up sweating less.

In the meantime, try wearing darker colors, avoid cotton which can feel clammy against the skin (wicking fabrics feel much better), break your workout up into 3 x 10 minute segments during the day rather than 1 x 30 minutes, position yourself under an a/c vent or fan in a gym or at home to get some air movement and evaporation and cooling, etc,


JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,806
6/23/13 7:05 P

For me, if I workout and I'm not super sweaty, then I don't feel like I have worked out and gotten the best effort for my time. Sweat is a good thing - ceasing to sweat is a sign of heat sickness. Take it slow, build your endurance, wear dark colors and take a exercise towel so you can wipe away excess sweat. Nobody really pays much attention to sweat as long as you wipe the machine afterwards. Make sure that you take care of your exercise clothes to avoid smelliness (vinegar added to my wash does wonders).

That said, I like the clinical strength deodorants which help with my non-exercise sweat and smelliness during exercise. If you continue to sweat really excessively, there are things that can be done that you can speak to your doctor about.

ERICADURR Posts: 243
6/23/13 6:53 P

As long as you wipe off your machines, weights, and benches when you're done, you'll be fine. There's nothing wrong with sweating; just make sure to drink plenty of water to rehydrate.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (196,863)
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6/23/13 6:32 P

In my super unfit days, I used to sweat walking across my student one bedroom apartment. I'd also sweat sitting in front of the computer, drinking pop, even though the A/C was on. As I got fitter, I stopped sweating when I wasn't exerting myself..with the exception of REALLY hot days.

People sweat when they work out, and I'd rather be seen dripping with sweat exercising, than dripping with sweat walking down the street.

Oh and wear black, it doesn't show sweat. Avoid wearing gray, it is the most showing.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 6/23/2013 (18:35)
NEEKIEDEE SparkPoints: (609)
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6/23/13 6:11 P

Hello all,

I am trying to get myself motivated and more active. But I am very self conscious about sweating in public. I sweat very easily with the slightest effort and temperature change. Are there any suggestions besides swimming, that would help me get over this fear.

Many thanks,

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