Women tend to be self-conscious about the way they look, but what about the way they smell? In the morning I typically spritz a little light perfume on my wrists, or if I’m having a stressful day I’ll use my Young Living Peace & Calming essential oil to sniff throughout the day when I feel stressed out. When it comes to gym time, I make sure to refresh my deodorant, but that’s it…until yesterday.
It was my main cardio day, which consisted of 40 minutes between the treadmill, elliptical, and stair climber. I was exhausted after, but felt fabulous. I grabbed a yoga mat to sit and stretch for a few minutes, and that’s when I noticed it: I stank.
It was like this strong, salty odor that made me take a double-sniff. I thought “maybe it’s just someone near me, there’s no way I could smell that gross”…but no one was near by. Being the anxious person I am, I cut my stretch sesh short and rushed home to do a little research on WebMD. Luckily, based on what I smelled, it was typical. Sweat tends to release toxins from the skin, and combined with average B.O., it’s the likely culprit.
Now, depending on the smell of your sweat, it may be something that needs to get checked out so if you’re having the same issue, do a little research.
This got me thinking: how many other women worry about how they smell at the gym? Since I follow an average hygiene routine (daily showers, scrub between my toes, brush twice a day, deodorant, etc.) I figured I needn’t worry about it.So of course I got all paranoid, wondering if people thought I was the smelly person in the office but were never nice enough to tell me.
But you know what? You’re revving up that heart rate. You’re burning those calories and kicking ass at it, so don’t worry so much about it. Take a shower either at the gym (if you’re comfortable with that) or as soon as you get home, but never feel ashamed for working your ass off (literally).
Women’s magazines and beauty blogs tell us we need to be on fleek constantly, which I think is total crap. Embrace the sweat-drenched hair and the salty armpits! As Beyonce would say, a little sweat ain’t never hurt nobody.