Are you hooked on sweat ?
Posted on June 21st, 2012

Dr.Tilak Fernando

The phrase “ƒ”¹…”Horses sweat, men perspire and ladies glow’ is thought to have originated from Victorian etiquette guides. Kobe University in Japan have found out that “ƒ”¹…”men lose twice as much moisture per square, from forehead, chest, back, forearm and thigh, at any one time and women need to work much harder to build up sweat than men.

An American psychiatrist once managed to trace an extraordinary and alarming development among his patients who were complaining about an appetite grievance. Many of his patients were obsessed with food and exercise. When this was brought to the notice of the American Medical Association they candidly refused to acknowledge it, but the marvelous ability of the psychiatrist managed to invent an avowal for the malady and named it Hyper-gymnasia.

What is hyper-gymnasia and who suffers from it? According to the psychiatrist, they are all “ƒ”¹…”hooked on sweat’, the last frenzy in human bodies. Even in Sri Lanka we see a variety of such folk who are out and about at dawn and in the evenings, on the park opposite the Parliamentary complex at Sri Jayewardenepura, along the road adjacent to Diyawanna Oya, right round the Independent Square and in numerous towns jogging or doing brisk walks imitating military cadences in silence, which has become a vogue or an obsession.

“ƒ”¹…”Keep fit’ obsession

For the young and the “ƒ”¹…”celluloid’ types it is meant to develop their muscular profiles and to show off their six packs! For the mature and executive types, it’s just a routine physical exercise to keep them fit and to avoid sudden heart attacks due to the sedentary nature of work they do by sitting most of the time inside air-conditioned offices; their only physical exercise being a short walk from the comfortable revolving chairs up to the car in the evening; once they get home, from the car to their comfortable sitting rooms again!

A jogging track

For those fashion orientated young and daring female executive types it is meant to tone their mussels at right places. Many who can afford to buy exercise equipment spend a good fortune in building up their own gyms at home (some hardly use them but left those only for show and dust to collect!). Basically, all in all, it boils down to “ƒ”¹…”keep fit’ obsession and to be in the “ƒ”¹…”pink of health’!

This is more so prominent in the West where majority of women have their gyms in their own garages or in special (gym) rooms where they breathe heavily swinging their arms violently side to side while jogging, walking fast or running on treadmills, exercising to music making hips bump and grind and skip in lustrous skin tight French-cut-leotards engaging themselves in calisthenics causing their pelvic to thrust.

In many parts of the world “ƒ”¹…”work out’ classes have become a thriving business supplemented by innovating and advertising a variety of equipment ranging from normal cycling to heavy weight lifting and releasing video tapes.

An international health magazine survey once revealed that the average of 94 percent of Western women typically belonging to professional stratum between 25 – 30 years of age work out to extremes because of some deep rooted psychological problems. They seem to enjoy the delight of sweat, the ecstasies of muscle and hot breath and where once they released tears upon peach blossom cheeks, now they spray sweat stains, under arm pits and across aching breasts. They are said to cheer in celebrating strength and the “ƒ”¹…”wet patch’. To them everything opposite becomes always true. The fittest leap and undulate while the fattest overwork gorging on extras. On one hand the thinnest, on the other the most obese; Obscenity here; Puritanism there. Vast numbers of women who are into aerobics live and giggle.


It is a general concept that physical exercises are essential to maintain good health but it should be done in moderation – say 45 minutes a day and only four times a week. The vital factor in physical exercise is that one should be mindful of one’s health condition and listen to one’s body and to know when to curtail to suit one’s fitness level and mainly to avoid over exercising.

“ƒ”¹…”The love affair with fitness’ is undoubtedly fanned by TV as well as women’s glossy magazines. The image of an “ƒ”¹…”ideal woman’ the media and the fashion world are trying to portray is as skinny as a murunga stick.

Hyper-gymnasia sufferers seem to concentrate one thing – “I am going to work out to lose weight.” They get obsessed with weight and calories. They feel high because of the endocrines they get from working out but when they stop they go through exercise attacks such as withdrawal, anxiety and insomnia at which point they become unable to stop running and doing aerobics even when it hurts.

Just imagine a nine stone aerobics fan thrashing about with a sweaty fervor, in a ten minute session. The person can produce a shock loading of 378,000 – the equivalent of 25 elephants on each foot. Manufacturers of world renowned and expensive sports (trainer) shoes warn about the dangers of exercising in bare feet. They always have thought that aerobics was an unusual activity. University of California in a study once criticized almost all aerobics video and audio tapes containing harmful verbal and visual symbolism. The report added that “ƒ”¹…”a good percentage of aerobic engagers were said to use video tapes. Over several millions of such tapes have been sold all over the world and the numbers are increasing by the day’.

Research done over a period watching tapes, sometimes as much as 15 times each, they have come out with their verdict: “Aacademia is wonderful but concerned about females sitting on their buttocks with legs in a “ƒ”¹…”V’ raising serious questions of posturing”!

One Response to “Are you hooked on sweat ?”

  1. AnuD Says:

    If you do any kind of exercises so long you get addicted to that. I heard, some body-chemical excretion to the blood as a result of exercises are responsible for that.

    In other words it has the similar effects of Narcotics.

    In California, even Yoga is a big business and they invent different items to suit and do yoga “properly” as they describe it.

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