When I get home from physical therapy anymore, I need a shower. I have a darling little 100 pound therapist, Deb, that loves to sweat. Sweating, according to Little Deb, means that you are challenging your body— that you have had a good workout. Little Deb says it feels good. Little Deb probably also gets a “high” from running which has never been my experience.
I have always had an aversion to sweat and not just because of the work involved although that may have something to do with it. But it is more than that—some women that I know, love to lie out in the sun to get a tan. I last less than five minutes in the sun, not because of fear of skin cancer but because I don’t like to sweat.
Lately, Little Deb has been having me “warm up” on the elliptical machine. Not only that, but she is increasing exponentially the resistance. She wants me to do a little self talk as I enter PT. I need to be telling myself, “I will embrace the sweat.” Hmmm.