When people exercise they sweat – that’s a fact right? But for some people, it’s the sweaty, crimson-faced appearance combined with a dose of uneasy self-consciousness that is enough to dissuade folks from exercising full stop. It absolutely shouldn’t. Sweating, or perspiring, is a natural occurrence and is actually very good for you. While sufferers of conditions such as hyperhidrosis should perhaps consult a medical professional, working up a serious sweat is absolutely fine, and encouraged in the M20 studio. However, for a newbie, unaccustomed to the fitness scene, sweating has probably always been a social faux pas. You can take some steps to prevent excessive sweating (but let’s face it, if you’re working up a sweat, you’re working towards your fitness goals too but nevertheless…)
Wear Lightweight Clothing
Wearing lightweight sports clothing, especially if it is made from natural fibres, will significantly reduce your perspiration. Obviously 100% cotton is breathable but so too are airtex style t-shirts and sports tops. You can pick up a decent, perfectly adequate running top from a sports shop for as little as £3.59 – click here for the proof! These types of fabric are generally highly breathable, which will go a long way in keeping your body cooler. Some kinds of synthetic clothing are also a good alternative as they are great for wicking sweat away from your body.
Take a Cool Shower before a Workout
While this may sound a little counter-intuitive, taking a cool shower before you start working out will not only ensure you begin exercising feeling cooler and fresher but will keep you that way for longer. Quite simply, it helps to stop you from overheating.
Avoid Heavy Meals Two Hours Before Training
Eating or drinking the wrong types of things before you go for your workout will have a huge effect on the amount you sweat. Basically, anything that increases the metabolism should be avoided. For example, spicy foods won’t help. It’s probably a good idea to avoid a full English fry-up or Sunday roast for at least two hours before you train. Stick to fruit, water or energy drinks (the use of energy drinks is a whole different blog post!)
Get an Effective Antiperspirant
The fact is that while antiperspirants and deodorants smell great, many of them simply don’t function properly in preventing sweating. All they really do is cover up body odour and their effect doesn’t last that long. Therefore investing in a good quality antiperspirant, especially those that are known as “clinical” will be well worth the expense. These contain large quantities of aluminium chloride hexahydrate, which is great for sweat reduction. Speak to a specialist if you have any health worries concerning these types of products.
Take Appropriate Vitamin Supplements
However, there is something else you can do without having to visit the doctor. You can begin a programme of vitamin supplements. There are several vitamins and minerals which are particularly useful and the most effective are B-Vitamin complexes (especially vitamin B6), vitamin E, magnesium and zinc. Zinc should be limited to around 30 to 50 mg per day.
The bottom line here is that sweating is a good thing and actively encouraged, it’s absolutely nothing to worry about and all the M20 Personal Trainers train clients every single day who work up a sweat. If you’re still feeling self-conscious of a sweat patch appearing when we’re putting you through your paces, try telling yourself ‘ok, that means my body is working hard and I’m doing myself some good here, plus after my shower, I’ll be feeling fresh, revived and invigorated after my work out’.