GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Fitness magazines and workout videos make exercise look easy and effortless, but anyone who's ever worked out knows better. Things can get uncomfortable, sweaty, or worse! it can be downright embarrassing.
But don't worry! Fitness expert Chris Freytag from GetHealthyU.com says many of thsoe embarrassing workout moments are completely normal. She answered some of your questions on KARE 11 Sunrise
Why does my face turn beet-red after a few minutes of working out?
For many people, a bright red face during or after exercise is as normal of a reaction as sweating. Some people experience it more often than others, and fair-skinned individuals may be more susceptible. In some cases, rosacea may be the culprit, as exercise is one of the most common triggers for a rosacea flare-up.
Why do I let out a little pee when I exercise?
This is very common amongst anyone who's had a child—the term is stress incontinence—meaning you involuntarily leak out a little urine. It can happen when you exercise, laugh, or even sneeze. First and foremost, don't be embarrassed. Nearly every woman that's given birth has experienced this. There are, however, two things you can do to improve stress incontinence: learn how to do kegels, and practice engaging your pelvic floor in Pilates-based exercises. Both of these actions can help strengthen your pelvic floor and reduce the severity of your stress incontinence.
My workout clothes seem to have a permanent odor, even though I wash them. What gives?
The nature of sportswear is that often, it's made up of fabrics that naturally repel water (good for wicking away sweat; bad for absorbing water from the washer). A helpful way to give your workout gear a more thorough cleaning? Pre-soak in cold water combined with one cup of white vinegar before tossing it in the washer.
Why do I seem to sweat so much more than other people at the gym?
How much you sweat is really individual, and it doesn't necessarily mean anything positive or negative about your exercising ability. On average, men tend to sweat more than women, and if you are overweight you may sweat more near the end of your workout because it takes more for your body to cool itself down.
Chris has answers to more of your embarrassing fitness questions at GetHealthyU.com.