How to Stop Sweating After a Workout
Energetic exercise raises your body temperature and causes sweat. There has to be a certain level of intensity for your body to make changes. Sweat is one of those things that signal you're really pushing yourself.
However, sweating when you finish a workout can be a nuisance. Nobody wants to walk around in soaked or sweat stained clothing.
The purpose of perspiration is to cool your body down as it evaporates. The best way to stop post workout wetness, is to help sweat evaporate faster, while lowering your core body temperature. Here's how to speed that process up.
Lower your core body temperature from the inside out. You can do that by drinking ice-cold water. In a study conducted at the University of Ottawa, researchers found that people who drank cold water (chilled to 34.7 degrees Fahrenheit) perspired less than those who drank warm water.
Your stomach has thermoreceptors that talk to your brain. When the cold water hits those thermoreceptors they say, "it's getting cold, shut the sweat down." Drink plenty, especially towards the end of your workout and right after you've finished for best results.
Find a fan and stand in front of it. Evaporation is what causes sweat to cool. When you stand in front of a fan or AC vent that's blowing against your skin, the sweat evaporates faster and speeds up the cooling process.
If you're in a locker room that doesn't have a fan, get a hair dryer and set it on cool. Blow-dry yourself for a minute or two. Just don't use one of those hand-held fans. The exercise and increase in body temperature you get while moving your arms, will cancel out any cooling from sweat reduction you get with the fans breeze.
Next, head to the shower. Avoid turning the heat up, because it'll keep your skin warm and the sweat coming. Don't go the extremely cold route either; your body will send warm blood to the skin and that'll keep you sweating too. Instead, take a mild or tepid shower to stop perspiration the quickest.
Breathe deep and relax. Sweating can cause anxiety and embarrassment. That tension is interpreted by your body as a "fight or flight" response. When you're getting ready for a problem, your blood flow increases and perspiration starts ramping up. The more you sweat, the more anxious you get and the more your body produces.
By breathing deep and relaxing, you reduce the anxiety related "fight or flight" response and sweating decreases. The more you relax, the less likely you are to sweat.
For most people, those four steps will take care of things. But if you're still dripping, it's time to grab an ice pack. Large arteries are close to the skin at the back of your neck, in your underarms, and around your groin. Put ice packs at any or all of those locations and watch your body temperature drop. That tells your sweat glands to stop producing and the problem dries up. If you don't have an ice pack, a cold water bottle, chilled towel or bag of frozen vegetables can all do the trick.
When you get dressed, pick clothes made from breathable or wicking fabrics. Skip the synthetic fibers that can lock heat and perspiration in, especially if they're directly against the skin. It's best to consider clothes that are less snug or form fitting. Clothing should allow both air circulation and sweat evaporation to take place.
Finally, consider cutting back on caffeine and spicy foods. They can stimulate neurotransmitters called acetylcholine. Those neurotransmitters can trigger sweat glands and keep you perspiring long after your body needs the cooling effect.
Ideally if you follow all the suggestions, you can reduce the time you keep sweating after a workout by half. Instead of taking 30 minutes, I can be virtually dry in as little as 12. Try these steps yourself and see what works best.
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