Tuesday, May 6, 2008

No Sweat

I was at the gym tonight and for some reason kept noticing the varying sizes and severity of the sweat stains on the clothing of people passing by my elliptical machine. It got me thinking about this, the body's natural self cooling system, and how people deal with and react to excessive perspiration.

I heard a statistic once that the majority of people, or at least a large percentage, think that they sweat more than the average person or more than is normal. If that is the case- wouldn't that mean that sweating what we generally consider an inappropriate amount actually is normal and average? And, as such, should be accepted- even expected?

Is it just a hyper-sensitive perception of perspiration rather than a hyperhidrosis of the axilia and other gland-rich regions? Not to say we should pat people on their clammy backs and cheer on the discontinued use of sweat reduction products and services- but maybe just be a little more accepting of ourselves and each other's bodies in their instinctive quest to keep us cool.

Just something to think about...

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