If it often seems like you have just taken A shower when leaving aerobics class, you're not alone. Many people experience excessive sweating during exercise, either due to a condition such as hyperhidrosis or because they simply sweat more than others. Perspiring a lot is not usually a cause for concern, and there are some simple steps you can take to reduce sweating and discomfort.
Take a cold shower before exercising. It's refreshing and will also ensure that you start the workout feeling clean and fresh, rather than overheated.
Exercise in a cool environment, if possible, and avoid exercising outdoors in hot weather. The hotter the environment, the more you sweat.
Wear lightweight clothing made of natural fibers, which keep the body cool, or wear synthetic clothing specially designed to absorb sweat from the body. These fabrics are usually very breathable, which will keep you cool during the exercise.
Avoid eating spicy foods or drinking caffeine before exercising. It can accelerate your metabolism, making the temperature of your body increase.
Choose a more powerful antiperspirant that will help control underarm sweat. Deodorant only covers body odor, and is not very effective when you exercise. It invests in one of the available "clinical" varieties, which contain a higher amount of aluminum chloride hexahydrate. If you have concerns about the safety of using antiperspirants, talk to your doctor about your options.
Consult your doctor if your excessive sweating is not helped by these steps, and if you perspire a lot, even when you are not exercising. You may have a medical condition, such as hyperhidrosis, that only a doctor can treat.
Use a clean, absorbent towel to wipe sweat off frequently during a workout. Bathe immediately after exercising to prevent the growth of bacteria that cause odor in your skin.