Dear Men (and some Women who sweat),
This is my Pro Tip of the week, but I hope for some it’s your Pro Tip of the year.
Use Under Armour under your clothes.
We all sweat in different places, so I’ll use myself as an example. I sweat in the torso area. A long time ago, I brought multiple shirts to a dance. Now I bring a single extra, but rarely use it.
I religiously wear a white, short sleeve Under Armour Heatgear (don’t get Coldgear, it works the opposite way!) “compression” (tight) shirt.
I wear them under everything when out dancing.
They employ sweat “wicking” technology. I don’t know what that means.
I know it Sounds Like it more efficiently moves sweat to your outside layer, which nobody wants (especially your dance partners).
It does not do this. Instead, it stifles sweat. I don’t know how, I’m just happy it works.
“But you can pass out from heat exhaustion if you don’t sweat!”
Well, that’s never happened to me, and I wear a substantial amount of clothing when out dancing. I’m regularly dancing in Under Armour, a regular cotton T-shirt, and a long* sleeve button-up shirt (and sometimes a vest).
Additional sweat tips:
- Bring a handkerchief (or two). A hankie fits in a pocket. A towel does not. You can bring a towel if you really feel the need, but other dancers will fear dancing with you because we’re concerned about dancing with someone who needs to towel off in-between dances.
- Layers! I wear 3-4 layers while dancing because I don’t want my sweat to reach the outer layer. If that happens, I have failed my dance partners. Because while everyone wants to dance with you, nobody wants to dance with your sweat.
- I’ve found the regular/loose t-shirt style doesn’t work as well as the ‘compression’ style.
- Under Armor makes a few other garments, if you sweat in different places than me. No judgement.
- I’ve tried a few competing brands, and haven’t found anything that works nearly as well.
*please don’t wear short-sleeve button-up shirts with a vest &/or tie. I don’t know why those exist. Yes, by all means wear long sleeves and immediately roll them up.
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