There’s nothing like crushing it in the gym. Your legs are churning. Your lungs are burning. The sweat is flying off you. It’s awesome. But what about when you’re perspiring so much it kind of freaks you out? Is that normal? Probably. But it could also be a sign of a medical condition. Let’s examine.
Prodigious sweating most likely has to do with three things: hydration, body fat percentage and aerobic fitness. Your output correlates with these variables, which can fluctuate. The key is to be mindful of them and adjust.
The first thing to know is that sweat is generally a good thing. Our bodies use it to regulate body temperature. Sure, it can be awkward when it’s cascading off you during a class. But understand that it dissipates body heat and cools us internally. Sweat is our friend.
Also, a lot of it is genetic and determined by how many sweat glands you have. Some people just sweat more than others. Try not to take it personally.
Control what you can control. This means drinking lots of fluids in between workouts. A good rule of thumb is to drink an additional 16 ounces of fluid for each pound lost during activity. Keep that water bottle with you and hydrate. It will keep your sweat levels healthy.
Remember to dress smartly. Sometimes you’re just sweating because you’re too warm. Logical, right? So be mindful of what you’re wearing.
Also, factor in weather conditions and diet. It all makes a big difference.
Of course, sometimes sweating is an indicator of a health issue. Ask yourself if you’re feeling light-headed. If the sweat is just pouring off you and you’re feeling a little dizzy or faint, shut things down. Rest and drink a lot of water. If you don’t improve, go to a doctor. You could be dehydrated. Or you could be suffering from hyperhidrosis, which is a signaling problem between the brain, nervous system and sweat glands. This typically occurs in the armpits, hands, feet or head. If you sweat when your body doesn’t need to be cooled, or if you’re sweating in some areas and not others, you might have a clinical issue. Make an appointment with a physician.
But only about 3 percent of the population has something like that so try not to worry. The odds are heavily in your favor that it’s nothing to sweat about. (Sorry, we couldn’t resist.)
1 loaf gluten-free bread, chopped
4 stalks celery, diced
½ medium onion, diced
1 cup diced mushrooms
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ cup minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 egg, beaten slightly
1 cup chicken broth
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9×13-inch casserole dish and set aside. Place chopped bread on a baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add celery and onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Stir in mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in parsley, sage, thyme and marjoram, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer veggies to a very large mixing bowl.
- Add toasted bread cubes, chicken stock, egg, salt and pepper to the mixing bowl and stir until the dry ingredients are coated with the wet ingredients. Pour into the prepared casserole dish.
- Cover stuffing with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake until golden brown, about 25 more minutes.
It’s wonderful to set ambitious goals. There are just so many satisfactions to a great workout. There’s the joy in working hard. The delight in making progress. And the feeling you get when you reach your goal? The best. But there is a danger in overdoing it, which could result in injury or burnout. Let’s make sure you know the signs. We want to make sure you’re happy and healthy and kicking butt in our Snap Fitness community for years to come.
- You Never Feel Like You’re Doing Enough. You may know this mind-set. That nagging feeling that even when you’re not at the gym you should be at the gym, because there’s more to be done. Try not to go down that path. The truth is there is always more that could be done. But that doesn’t mean you need to do more. A way to avoid this feeling is to work with a Snap Fitness trainer, who can design a program just for you. A bit part of a workout is knowing when it’s over and feeling good about it.
- You Want To Match Your Friend’s Time. It’s human nature to be aware of the goals your friends are reaching. But remember: they’re not you. And you’re not them. You might see them hit a PR in a race or competition and think, OK, step aside, let me show you how it’s done. Avoid that. Goals are best when they are about you and nobody else.
- Your Last Workout Was Ridiculous. Some days you just don’t have it. It happens to everyone. Trust us. We guarantee you there are days when Usain Bolt thinks, “Man, I was so slow out there today.” Try not to beat yourself up over it. The risk is that you will go overboard the next time you’re in the gym and hurt yourself. Don’t stress setbacks. They’re temporary.
- You’re a Perfectionist. This is a trait that can sneak up on you. And it may be keeping you from rounding out your program. It could be that resistance training would be good for you but you don’t feel proficient in it so you don’t do it. You keep to things you already do well. Remove that as a barrier. You don’t have to be an expert at every activity from the first day. And you don’t have to start over if it doesn’t go well right away. Do right by your body by giving it what it needs.
- You Are Losing and Not Gaining Energy. It can be great to burn off stress by pushing yourself hard in the gym. But what if you lose energy? That’s not a good sign. There are other signs, namely aches and pains. Watch out for them. If you’re not feeling better after a workout, take a look at what you’re doing and adjust. Injuries and burnout are the opponents of progress.
- You Don’t Rest. This is a common trap. You may pride yourself on being a Type A person, working hard until the job is done, never missing a workout, always being everywhere for everybody. That’s great. But make sure you shift gears for your health. Resting is just as important as working out because it's an equal part of the process for building strength, endurance, and muscle. Working out breaks your body tissues down. Rest allows your muscles, nerves, bones, and connective tissue time to rebuild.
Now that another summer is in the books, it’s time to get serious about fall. Fall is such a wonderful time. It’s a time of transformation. In nature. And for you. And the good news is there are songs that can help you reach your goals. We researched music to help you strive for all kinds of outcomes. Trust us on this. If you listen to these tunes while working out, your body won’t stop moving. Enjoy.
We know not every trip to the gym is going to produce a killer workout. Some days you just don’t have the best energy. We get it. But every trip to a Snap Fitness gym can be fun. The key is to have some friendly faces waiting for you. Not only will it be make your experience a blast, it will help you stay in shape. A recent study by the Society of Behavioral Medicine shows that training with a partner has the potential to double your exercise performance. The reasons are simple: gym friends hold you accountable, provide friendly competition, and boost your spirits. So get out there and be social! We’ll show you how to make those connections.
Initiate a Conversation. It can be as easy as something like, “Have you taken this class before?” Or ask someone about the magazine they’re carrying while in line for the water fountain. Something light and breezy.
I Feel Your Pain. Whether it’s commiserating with eye contact during a tough squat set or a smile during a difficult yoga hold, connecting during exercise is a great way to build rapport.
Debrief. After a good workout, try something like “Man, I needed that,” plus a few words that open up the conversation to your non-gym life. Maybe “I just got back from a vacation so I’m feeling out of shape,” or “I haven’t taken a yoga class since I was in college,” anything that opens the door for the other person to respond.
Ask Them To Hang Out. Follow up. Don’t be aggressive or annoying—some people aren’t looking to make friends at the gym. But a lot of people are in the same boat as you, and just need a little bit of nudging to inch themselves out of their comfort zone.
Be Consistent. Working out at the same time each day is a great way to become familiar with other people on the same schedule.
Smile. Smiling is an introvert’s best friend. Sometimes that’s all it takes to spark up a connection.
Talk to the Staff. At Snap Fitness we have referral programs and promotions that can help ease the process along. Check in with us next time you’re in. We’ll get you connected with some cool people.
My name is Amanda, I am 26 year old and I am a mother to two beautiful little girls! My fitness journey started because I was unhappy with my body image and was weighing around 160-165 pounds. When I first started going to the gym I started with cardio, thinking that was the thing I had to do but it wasn’t. I wasn’t getting any results so I starting lifting weights, but didn’t really have an idea as to what I was doing. I took it one day at a time. I observed people around me, I also did some research on how to strength train. A few weeks went by and I started to notice the internal changes which kept me going back. I now weigh 114-120 pounds and don’t bother stepping on a scale anymore! I also don’t count calories. I eat when I’m hungry. I eat to get stronger. And as a result I am healthier and happier than I have ever been in my life. I focus on one more rep and one more breath. I am now full of confidence and I feel comfortable in my own skin, something that I never had in the past. Weight-loss tip: Stop trying to diet and instead focus on becoming healthier.