Raise your hand if you’re the sweatiest girl after spin
Think you are the only person in class who sweats so much? Don’t sweat it.
Or maybe it’s the opposite situation for you, and everyone else is sweating so much while you walk away with a little forehead shimmer. (Or maybe your face goes red instead.)
No matter your sitch, it’s not just your imagination. There’s a scientific explanation behind why some people sweat so much more than others.
Our bodies are all built differently
Your body has between two to four million sweat glands, and their purpose is to maintain a normal body temperature – and cool you down when it’s above average– by producing sweat.
That said, a number of factors could determine how much you perspire, including your gender, the number of sweat glands you have, the intensity of your exercise, and even your weight, according to Medical Daily.
First of all, guys sweat more than women. While women have just as many sweat glands than men, their glands do not produce as much sweat. That’s why men tend to sweat more than women. (Thankfully there are makeup tips that will save a sweat-prone pretty face.)
Blame your workout (Why not!)
Your fitness regime could also be the culprit behind your proclivity to sweat.
Fit people tend to bust a sweat so much and sooner in a workout, because it’s more efficient to perspire while their body temperature remains low.
Someone who remains fairly sedentary, on the other hand, may heat up faster and lose more sweat when they exercise. Since fat tends to trap heat and raise the body’s core temperature, overweight people typically sweat more, too.
Want to stop those perspiration problems for good?
Try cutting back on your consumption of caffeine and alcohol, as well as smoking. These habits can all cause your sweat glands to go overboard. (Here are signs you’re drinking too much coffee.)
And check out your workout clothes. Fitness clothes, like the rest of the fashions in your closet, have seasons as well as purpose (meant to be worn inside or outside). If you are sweating tons, opt for for lighter, more airy fabrics that allow your skin to breathe.
But if you are worried, consulting a doctor might help those who suffer from excess sweating.
Originally published as This Is Why Some People Sweat More Than Others—and How to Manage It on ReadersDigest.com.