Recently I asked you guys to tell me all the things you dislike about exercising so that we can find ways to turn that hate into love. One thing that came up a lot is, "I don't like to sweat."
It's time to change your views on sweating. A lot of people think that excessive sweating makes them look unfit. Try and erase this thought from your brain: Sweating during exercise is a sign of an efficient cooler, which is a good thing. Don't apologize for sweating. Don't make excuses for sweating like, "It's unusually hot in here." Everyone sweats - I get just as sweaty as the next girl, not the mention the fact that my face turns bright red whenever I workout, so you're in good company. Now, don't go getting all worried that if you're not sweating a lot people will think you're unfit. In the end, everyone sweats at different rates.
Keep in mind that sweat is temporary. One of my favorite parts about exercising is the shower that comes afterwards. It's a time to wash off the sweat and reflect on the great things you've just done for yourself. A good idea would be to load up on wicking gear, which are clothes that wick moisture away from your body, so the sweat does not sit on your skin as long. Just like your bod, clothes are washable. Sweat is a lot easier to get rid of than the extra pounds and possible diseases brought on by skipping exercise for so long.
Still against it? You don't have to sweat at the gym to get moving. Find alternatives such as walking a few miles at a pace that won't make you break out into a sweat. Take a leisurely bike ride on Saturday afternoon. Take a Tai Chi or Qigong class. Walk down the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Swim, there's no sweating involved there.
Sweat, much like all other unpleasant bodily functions, happens. Just because I don't like to cry doesn't mean I am going to shy away from watching The Notebook one more time. Sometimes you have to take the good with the bad, even if the bad involves pit stains.