I am not going to lie, I have always been a sweaty person. I have always put this down to being overweight and unhealthy but I sweat even more now that I am exercising. I am not just talking about sweating when I work out or run for the bus. I sweat when I am sitting still in a hot room. I sweat when I have eaten a big meal. I sweat on nights out. Just check out this before and after night out photo….Shiny face ✅

Hair plastered to face ✅

Makeup running all over the shop ✅

Now that I am working out more, I am more aware of how much I sweat. When I get home from a workout and I have to peel my clothes from my body and wring them out, you can’t help but be aware. Now I do understand, sweat is your body’s way of cooling itself down. So it is a good thing, it is helping my body regulate its temperature so I don’t become unwell.

What I have found odd is some of the places that I sweat. Let’s start with a classic, the sweaty moustache.

Check out those beads!! I have absolutely no idea why the top part of my lip feels the need to cool down more quickly than other parts of my body. It is not like my lips are on fire and yet the first sign that I am too hot is usually these little droplets appearing. I think this is possibly the sweaty part I am most embarrassed by as it is so obvious. You can’t hide it with dark colours or subtly wipe it away. You have to go full on face swipe to get rid of it.

Another place I seem to sweat excessively is under my boobs. And there is nothing like a sweaty underteat to make you feel sexy, let me tell you. My bras deserve an award for coping not only with my boobs but the weight of the liquid they carry when I am too hot. I just don’t understand!! Any scientists out there feel free to explain it to me.

Sweaty gusset is another affliction I seem to suffer from. In the Friends episode with Rachel’s dirty book, when Ross asks if he could heat his coffee up on Rachel’s burning loins, I don’t think this is what he had in mind. And it is so embarrassing because you literally look like you have peed yourself. I do understand this one though as your groin has the highest concentration of apocrine glands on your body. And let’s face it, its a tough area to air out what with the 2 layers of fabric and the fact you look daft fanning your fanny.

Since taking up exercise, I have even started sweating from new parts of my body. How on earth is it possible to sweat from the backs of your knees? I cannot find any research that shows you have glands on the back of your knees but if you try to get up from a leather seat when you are too hot, they will be stuck like glue.

Now that I am working out more and feeling better about myself, I am thinking of sweat as a badge of honour. And that doesn’t mean I judge people who are not sweaty after a workout. Everyone is completely different and if you don’t sweat you are just lucky to save on shampoo. But for me, I do sweat and I am now trying to embrace it as a symbol of how hard I am working. I am going to wear my sweat with pride, just don’t hug me post workout.

I hope some of you other sweaty people out there can resonate with this. You are absolutely not alone and if you have any tips other than don’t wear grey clothing let me know!!

I have now been fully committed to exercise for 5 months and aside from the obvious weight loss and muscle gain, I have noticed several other side effects that I attribute to working out.

Firstly, I smile more. I know, this sounds ridiculous but it is true.Take this photo for example. I am a hot mess here having just completed a practice. My face is tomato red, there are sweat droplets on my top lip (post about sweating to come soon) and I felt like I needed to collapse. But I just couldn’t help smiling at having nailed my workout. And it is not just after exercising that I find myself smiling. I catch myself in the mirror and have a wee smile at the little differences in my body. I see the muscles in my arms and I am pure delighted with them, causing me to break out in a smile. Even my mum has commented that I just appear happier and it’s because I am smiling more.

Another side effect I have noticed is that I have more energy. I have to confess, I have not nailed the nutrition part of being healthier; I just love food too much. However, even just through working out, I am finding myself rejuvenated and full of beans. I actually feel like I have turned back the years. Traditionally I have been a lazy person. I can lose hours awake in my bed, procrastinating and avoiding all the life admin that I need to do. In the 5 months since joining TFW, I no longer do this. I even find myself getting up on my day off to join the 6:30am practice (who am I) because I know I will come home, have some breakfast and get on with my day. This is a marked difference from my traditional routine of sleeping till 10:30am and then wasting away in bed till 2pm. Exercise has literally given me time in my life. I now have so much time and energy that I don’t know what to do with myself (possibly how this blog started).

Possible the best side effect I have found is gaining confidence. I have always been the person who appears to be the life and soul of the party. I have a big personality to match my big body and definitely come across as confident. However, most of it is a front. I am actually really insecure and am constantly in my own head. I question everything I wear, I question everything I say, I even question why people are my friends. Since I ‘discovered’ exercise, I have gained so much confidence.

I wore this top on a night out having bought it 8 months earlier and not feeling able to wear it. And this was only 1 month into my fitness journey. I gained confidence at work, finally feeling good about my abilities in my role. I even applied for a new position at work (I didn’t get it but not important). It was as if I had just decided that I was good enough and I could do it. In fact, I feel like I could do almost anything I put my mind to. I tried riding a motorbike this week, something I had always wanted to do and I actually did really well.

I know there is loads of science around exercise and endorphins and I probably haven’t really believed in it before now. Even when I have had the worst day, I push myself to go and train and I come out happier. I can be so stressed I am on the verge of tears but after beasting through some squats and sprints I am ready to take on the world again. It is like the best free and legal drug I could have hoped for.

Has anyone else discovered side effects from getting fit? What sort of things have changed in your life that you attribute to working out? I would love to hear any great stories to keep me motivated.