I’m a sweater. I’ve accepted it; I will usually be sweatier than my friends at the gym no matter what activity I’m doing. Can you relate? Wonder why you sweat more than others?
With the exception of certain medical conditions such as hyperhidrosis, sweating is typically a sign that your body is doing its job. Most people sweat a standard amount, but as is the case with so many other averages, there will be variation amongst us. So there’s usually no reason to worry! (Of course you should see your medical professional if you have concerns.)
Let’s go over a few reasons that either cause or prevent us from “glistening”—or looking drenched!
- Temperature: Sweating helps us cool down. As you perspire, evaporation helps to take away some of your body heat.
- Fitness level: Generally speaking, the more in shape you are, the better you’ll be at sweating. You’ll often see fitter people sweat sooner than others (if they’re working at the same aerobic intensity and overall workload—percentage of VO2 max). When we want to perform at a certain level, our body needs to sweat properly to avoid heat stroke and enable us to endure increased physical demands.
- Higher BMI and muscle mass: People with more mass, either fat or muscle, usually sweat more. Muscle and fat cause our body temperature to rise, thus creating a sweat response to cool down.
- Not detoxification: Most of our sweat is water. Unfortunately, we can’t detoxify from what we ate or drank the night before through our pores.