Several factors affect your body’s perspiration levels, so determining a “normal” level is a complex task. In this article, we’ll explore the ins and outs of sweat.
The Science Behind Sweat
Sweat glands are responsible for producing and secreting sweat to help your body cool itself off and maintain a healthy temperature. Each person is born with between two and four million sweat glands. Generally, the more glands you have, the more sweat your body produces. However, there are situations in which glands can become more or less active, leading to an over- or underproduction of sweat.
- Gender - As a rule, healthy men sweat more than healthy women. This is because women produce less sweat per gland. So even if a man and woman in similar health have the same amount of glands, the man will sweat more.
- Fitness Level - People who are fit tend to sweat sooner during a workout session, since their bodies work more efficiently to control temperature. On the flip side, overweight people often sweat more profusely than others. This is because fat acts as an insulator and raises body temperature.
Managing Your Sweat
If, based on the factors mentioned above, you feel that you sweat too much, there’s good news. Normal overproduction of sweat can be managed with the right lifestyle changes. Certain substances and objects can increase perspiration, so to better control sweat, avoid the following:
In some cases, trying to manage excessive perspiration on your own simply doesn’t work. This type of sweating, which can’t be controlled with basic lifestyle changes, is often indicative of a condition called hyperhidrosis. People with hyperhidrosis sweat profusely, even when they’re cold. Speak with a doctor if you believe you suffer from this condition.
Sweat is a natural, even healthy, part of life. It’s something you’ll always deal with, especially if you exercise regularly. But if you feel your perspiration levels are out of control, give the tips mentioned above a try. To learn more about healthy perspiration and what you can do to easily manage stress, reach out to personal trainer Ralph Roberts.