5 steps to help
reduce the sweat
Exercise, increased stress levels, certain types of food and drink and a little-known medical condition called Hyperhidrosis can all cause you to sweat more than normal. But how can you help decrease to the moisture once and for all? Read on to find out.
Wear the right clothing
Sportswear has come a long way since the dawn of Daley Thompson and his eye-popping, thigh-skimming sports shorts. Today, workouts are as much about the fashion statement as they are about the technique. And that’s no bad thing if you’re a dedicated fashion fiend.
High-performance synthetic fibres like elastane, acrylic, polyamide and polypropylene combined with hi-tech fibre spinning techniques means today’s gym outfits work nearly as hard as you do. Wearing the proper outfit when exercising will help support your body, define movements, stop clothing getting caught on equipment and, most importantly, reduce sweating.
Limit Sweat-inducing food and drink
High intakes of caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods can cause you to sweat more. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, which in turn activates the sweat glands. Alcohol causes blood vessels to widen; when this happens, the skin becomes warmer, stimulating the sweat glands.
Try to make small changes to your eating and drinking habits, such as opting for a decaf coffee or herbal tea, limiting your alcohol intake and shunning the Madras for a more sweat-friendly Bhuna.
Apply anti-perspirants before you go to bed
Did you know that anti-perspirants help reduce sweating but deodorants simply mask nasty odours? If sweating is a problem for you, be sure to grab the former to help keep it under control.
Your body temperature is much cooler when you are sleeping and in rest mode, meaning sweat glands are more receptive to what you throw at them. Try applying anti-perspirants before you go to bed and see if it makes a difference. Team this with natural bedding and you’ll be a step closer to sweat-free days (and nights).
Make time for relaxation
In some people, anxiety and stress can manifest itself through increased sweat production. If the thought of presenting in front of a roomful of work colleagues sets your heart racing and palms dripping, it could be time to think about some easy-to-achieve relaxation techniques.
Meditation, yoga, Pilates, mindfulness, Tai Chi and walking are all great exercises to help clear the mind and prepare you for the day ahead. Simply practicing your breathing techniques at your desk can also make a huge difference to sweat and stress levels.
Keep it cool
If you want to limit sweating post-workout, we can guide you through the dos and don’ts. Do exercise near a fan or an open window to keep your body at the optimal workout temperature. Do make sure you drink ice cold water while you’re exercising – this is much better than lukewarm water and is more likely to help reduce the sweats. Don’t take a hot shower after your workout; as cold as you can bear it is the way to go.