6 Reasons Why Some People Sweat More Than Others

Sweating is just your body trying to cool you off. Although sweating excessively seems more like a cause rather than your body trying to cool down. 

So why do some people sweat more than others?

I have always wondered why I sweat more than others, coupled with the fact that I really hate sweating because it makes me feel kind of dirty and it also creates several problems for me depending on my location (Imagine sweating during an interview or having sweat hands when you are about shake with an important person).

According to Dr. Kate Puttgen, for you to understand why you sweat excessive, you should first understand why humans naturally sweat. 

Like I said earlier, sweating is your body's way of cooling down, it helps regulate your body temparature. When the temperature is high, the moisture (sweat) present on your body evaporates  which cools you off. 

Sweating is brought about by tiny sweat glands present on the skin all over the body. Around the time of your birth you had around 2 - 4 million sweat glands. Women's skin consist of more sweat glands than men, but men tend to sweat more because their sweat glands are more active.

So why do you you sweat more than others. 

Well our bodies react differently to the factors that make you sweat in the first place. 

1. Number of Sweat Glands 

The number of sweat glands are different for every individual. So the effect could be pretty obvious, if you have more sweat glands than your friend then you will sweat more than him even if two of you go jogging at the same pace. 

2. Intensity of Physical Activity

Running is going to make you sweat more than walking due to the intensity of both activities. We can all agree that running is more intense. The more intense any activity is, the sweatier you are going to get.

3. Ambient Temperature 

Ambient Temperature is all about how hot the air around us is and this will obviously affect the amount of sweating for anyone. The hotter the air temperature around you, the more you sweat, so if you are running in the cool breeze, no matter the intensity, you will definitely sweat less. 

Someone living in Nigeria will understand how hot the room suddenly feels whenever power supply is interrupted.

4. Body Fat

It has been proven that fat/obese people tend to sweat more frequently than their fitter counterparts (one more reason you should always keep fit). This is because body fat acts as an insulator and increase the core body temperature (it keeps the heat inside you) making you feel hotter and more likely to sweat. 

5. Hyperhidrosis

If you don't fall into any category in 1 - 4, i.e the air temperature is cool, you are not working out or performing any intense activity but just sitting down in a comfy chair listening to music under the cool breeze and yet you're still sweating a lot, then it is likely you are suffering from a common condition of excessive sweating called hyperhidrosis.

The condition is recognized by physicians - when a person begins to sweat excessively in normal, non-stressful, not overly heated places or situations. 

Hyperhidrosis is usually common in people with relatively sedentary lifestyle (people who don't exercise). The condition can be treated with proper medication and certain lifestyle changes

Sorry I forgot mention 

6. Drinking A Lot Of Water 

Excessive water intake can cause metabolic problems and is very deadly. Drinking too much water can also lead to excessive sweating, so you might want to reduce your water intake. 

I remember saying that you should take about 2 litres of water per day as advised. But remember that figure varies for everyone, you might need less water to stay healthy, because your body mass, daily activity and lifestyle differs. 

So there you have it. 

I remain your favorite health blogger, Paul Samuel FitnessDoctor

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