Friday, May 25, 2012

Maryl lists: 5 ways I sweat the most

No, this is not a post on hot flashes or night sweats, a common experience of a second life. It has nothing to do with menopause at all. It has to do with exercising. Wait, come back. If you’re not, you know you should, and if you are, you need to be sure you are benefiting from the effort. And sweating tells us that we are. Our bodies are like cars; they can overheat and shut down. Sweating is the coolant that keeps us going and that lost coolant has to be replaced, which is why we take water bottles with us to our workouts. (For more detail, go to Simple Fitness Solutions.)  Sweating is a gauge I now use to insure I am exercising enough and properly.

So the ways I sweat the most and in order of wetness are:

1) Zumba
This may sounds frivolous and silly but don’t you
remember dancing to the Beatles and later the

BeeGees and be dripping wet by the end of the night?

2) Weights Class
 I replaced my trainer for a while with these classes
 ideally twice a week and I must be working harder
because I’m sweating more.

     3) Yoga 
Enough downward facing dogs and pigeons and I can
     feel the perspiration spreading across my back.

    4) Elliptical
Because this I do by myself, the amount of sweat 
     depends on how hard I push myself and I could
     probably push harder.  At least I can listen to a book 
                  at the same time. 

       5) Swimming
Naturally it’s hard to know how much you are 
       sweating but you are, so I go by my heart beat. 
       Again because this is a solitary activity, I could 
                 swim more vigorously but for just half the year with 
                 only outdoor pools available to me.

Jogging was also a two-to-three water bottle, sweaty enterprise for me but I stopped last year concerned about my knees.  Although I just listened to NPR's Terry Gross interviewing NY Times' Gretchen Reynolds yesterday about her new book The First 20 Minutes.  The author dispels a lot of myths such as running being bad for your knees and heavily-supported running shoes being better for your feet.  I may be adding a number six to my list again.

No matter which physical activities you choose, sweat is your goal albeit not a pretty one.  Choosing the right workout clothes can help remedy that situation.  Everyday Health offers some suggestions for what to wear.  Look for clothes made of synthetic fibers that wick away the sweat from your skin.  Under Armour led the way in this field and now makes attractive and colorful sports attire for women.  Lululemon, famous for its yoga and running clothing, has its own unique moisture-wicking fabrics.  And if you like some style with your comfort, Stella McCartney's collection for Adidas is worth a look.
Stella McCartney for Adidas
There are many more exercise activities to consider than the ones listed here.  These work for me because of the availability of health clubs and pools.  They all make you sweat depending on the effort you put in.  But at least with swimming you don't have to worry about perspiration.  It's washed away and you walk away wet yet refreshed.  But you do have to show up in a bathing suit, enough to make any women over 35 break out in a cold sweat. But that's  a topic for another post. 

Opening photo by Svetlana Blasucci


  1. I have never sweated very much I just seem to go red in the face however hard I exercise. Don't really know why

    1. It appears that your redness is due to dilated blood vessels, another way to reduce overall body heat. Drink lots of water to ensure you don't overheat. Red face and sweating...all normal. We just keep exercising. Thanks.

  2. I had a good sweat today. I went to a Zumba class with my bff, Ellen. Barbara

    1. Zumba is the best. Is this my sister, Barbara? She has a bff Ellen.

  3. Love to sweat when I exercise - it means it's working!!!~Karen

    1. So true. I can feel the difference and I've lost pounds too. Thanks.

  4. Hi Maryl: I love the photo of the sweaty you. Quite enticing. I never used to sweat when I worked out, but now I do, precisely, with Zumba and weight training class, like you. My yoga warms me up, but I don't sweat. Step class and biking also get the sweat glands going.

    I exercise at a modest little YWCA in my neighborhood, so a Stella McCartney wardrobe would make a real outlier.

    Does sweaty gardening count?

    1. Oh, I forgot about gardening, Georgia. Did a lot of that this weekend. My trainer says "yes". And you should see what I wear to the health club. I'm trying to upgrade since I wear my workout clothes all day, sweat and all. Thanks.

  5. Love Body Pump classes, Zumba, Elliptical and rebounder, easy on the joints. Susie

    1. All sounds good. Body Pump is similar to my weights/aerobic class. Rebounder I haven't tried yet but seems fun. The elliptical can sometimes aggravate my lower back but I adjust. Thanks Susie.

  6. It really is time for boomer swim wear. Men have board shorts and swimming trunks, most of which cover up quite a bit - at least on the bottom of half of the body. Most women of a certain age cover up the body parts they don't care to share when they are out and about. Why should that logic stop just because we want to swim? I am about to begin swimming each morning. Knowing that I want to focus on the exercise and not on figuring out ways to keep from being embarrassed, I bought a swimsuit, a rash guard top, and fast-drying cropped pants. Let 'em stare. I am shielded from petty criticism and scrutiny. Its a lot easier than saying I don't care or shouldn't care about what people think. I do, but the right swim wear can be preemptive.

    1. Just came across this web site while researching my next post and had to share with you. Coolibar thinks the way you do, Enjoy.

  7. Sounds creative to me. I know I run for my sarong as soon as I get out of the pool. Caryl needed a swimsuit while away once and purchased a yoga skort and tank top, something she could wear later. I'm also reminded of a triathlon suit that Danskin features, I think they're sexy looking and very comfy. Enjoy your morning swims. Thanks.

  8. And I don' t know about anyone else, but the hot flashes I do get are few and far between. Exercise helps in this regard too!