Hot, Sweaty Mess
Despite using the catchphrase "no sweat," a lot, the truth is I am human and I do sweat. In fact, I sweat a lot (both physically and mentally). So of course when a title like "The Joy of Sweat: The Strange Science of Perspiration," appeared on TPL's Health and Wellness New Books page, I immediately placed a hold. Since I am also a big fan of microhistories I thought I would lean into this topic and provide you with a highly curated list of books that embrace being a hot, sweaty mess.
Would it shock you to know that the world spends 75 billion dollars a year on antiperspirants and deodorants, as Evert says, "in an attempt to pretend we don't sweat and that this nonexistent sweat has no odor." The book that sparked this hair-brained blog post, I thought it was extremely well done and uniquely fascinating.
A remarkable writer! Hayes takes readers through the history of exercise from Hippocrates to Jane Fonda splicing in his own personal journey with spin classes and downward dogs. This award winning book was a highly anticipated new book for 2022 and after reading it, I would put Hayes up there with other great science writers like Mary Roach and Siddartha Mukherjee.
With an introduction simply titled, "Sweat," this book made me grateful that I don't live in a time when sweating was considered unladylike. Tracing the forward-thinking, female, fitness pioneers from the 1960s to now, Friedman tells the story of how women moved together, literally and figuratively, towards empowerment. Hooray for yet another title celebrating the power of Jane Fonda!
With a reading goal of 150 books this year, I have picked up my fair share of contemporary romance books this past year. Though I don't usually recommend fiction in this blog this is a fun exception that combines my love of Romance with my love of the gym. Not to mention it features a strong feminist lead (a curvy fitness influencer, Crystal Chen).
Comment below and let me know if any of these books inspired you to embrace your sweaty side.