Have you ever heard the saying Horses sweat, men perspire and women glow? Well I must be a horse!
After 45 minutes of cardio I went to an area at the gym to perform various exercises including squats, lunges and the plank. My cardio session consisted of 30 minutes hill climb on the cross trainer followed by 15 minutes on the stepper. I had raised my heart rate sufficiently and my arms, chest and face were showing signs of a good workout. I had gone past a gentle glow, beyond the signs of perspiring and I was sweating!
For me personally I love it, I’m not saying I get aroused by the sign of a sweaty man but when I’m working out I think it’s totally different.
So, there I am, in the plank position (for those of you unfamiliar with the Plank visit my Exercise page). Having experienced the affects a good cardio workout would have on my body in the past I always place a towel on the mat on which I’m working, no one likes a second hand damp patch! The seconds were ticking away as I glanced over to my right to find a lady staring at me with a screwed up face. Ok, whats wrong with her? Has she pulled a muscle, drank warm water from her bottle or has the man next to her passed wind?
After several minutes and eliminating all the original possibilities I came to the conclusion that she was offended by my sweating. This was confirmed by her constant switch of focus from my face to my towel which now resembled a damp flannel hanging over the bath to dry.
When it reached the stage that she had either finished her workout or couldn’t stand my look any longer she left, hair dry and in place, make up immaculate as if it had just been applied. Some people may have been embarrassed or offended by the treatment I had received from this lady, I simply shrugged. Who has worked the hardest, burned the most calories, toned their body affectively?
Sweating during training is natural, it is your body’s way of regulating its temperature. It also means your body is healthy and working efficiently. People sweat at different levels so don’t be embarrassed. It is important to stay hydrated throughout the day and especially when exercising.
If you are concerned by the level at which you sweat you can discuss it with your GP.