Who are you on the spectrum of sweat?
Twenty minutes into a non-heated yoga class, the droplets of sweat start to collect around my back, at the center of my chest and as I am transitioning into a three legged dog a droplet of sweat rolls into my nostrils. Resisting the urge to sneeze, shifting my head and joining the class to move into a revolving half moon, I find myself perplexed at how dry everyone else around me seems to be.
This thought had dawned on me before, but as I take more group classes (a relatively new addition to my routine) I am becoming more and more aware of the disproportionate level of sweat I harbor compared to most in the various classes I attend.
Yes, I am that girl in class that probably sweats as much as your average male. Men are known to have more sweat glands than women, therefore they are prone to sweat more. Although in my case, whether it’s yoga or spinning I am a sweat factory, who walks out drowning in sweat as if I’ve just stepped out of a pool.
Unfortunately, for you curious souls who are determined for an answer, there’s no other explanation as to why some people sweat more than others other than simply physiological differences. Just like how some people have longer limbs, the reality is some people have mine fields of sweat glands while others have a carefully plotted garden.
The exceptions come in extreme cases where individuals sweat an abnormal amount, even when they’re stagnant or not in activity. These people may be diagnosed with Hyperhidrosis, defined as “sweating beyond the physiological need,” (http://runhaven.com/2015/06/26/people-sweat-others/).
The important thing to note is, sweating is an essential function of the body as it’s main purpose is to help the body cool down. The next time you’re dripping onto the wooden floor of your barre class, consider your body’s temperature and maybe resist wiping off some sweat until you cool down.
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