There’s actually really no secret about sweat... but there is a lot of misinformation. One example of this is the idea that sweat can carry away the previous nights’ sins and help the body rid itself of impurities. People go to hot yoga because they swear they can feel their body detoxifying when it's actually the water they are chugging afterwards that is helping to flush out the liver. I've actually gotten scolded by a rider in one of my classes for having the fans on too high because he wasn't sweating enough and therefor was losing the benefit of the workout.
In reality, sweat is mostly water. What sweat CAN do is cool the body as it evaporates. And whether someone sweats more or less then their neighbor in the kickboxing class is not an indicator of fitness. Some people just run hot or cold, yet clients worry when they start sweating that it means they are out of shape. Nope, it just means the body is recognizing that it's time to turn on its internal cooling switch, and the sooner you start sweating, the better your body is at recognizing that it is about to be put to work.
Even though sweat provides the very crucial benefit of maintaining a safe core body temperature, it can be uncomfortable. The more skin that is exposed, the faster the sweat can evaporate, but most people don't start a workout routine ready to take it all off for a run or workout. Jake wants to lose 15 more pounds before he runs without a shirt on. Julie won't wear a tank top until she feels better about how her arms look. Joe looks like he is sweating to death in his old cotton t-shirts from college.
Here are a few tips that might help make your workout, and sweating, in general, a little less bothersome. Heck, you may even come to look forward to it! As a trainer I don't just assign the exercises, but I try to help my clients feel really good about every aspect of working out, even the less appealing ones. By clearing these mental and physical hurdles, we allow ourselves to push out distractions and really focus on the work that needs to be done.
Here in the south, we tend to succumb to a reverse hibernation, hiding out when the heat is on. But it could be heating up as soon as a month from now, so it's time to start planning how you're going to maintain your fitness routine in a safe and comfortable way!