Shaun arrived this morning at 3:30am. It is great to be reunited. The first thing I needed to do was pass on these essential tips that I comprised (while at the meditation retreat) about how to not be a complete sweaty mess. It has taken a month of trial and error, but I think I have a pretty comprehensive list. Any readers who can add to the list, please comment as we can use all the help we can get in this area.
1) Walk much slower. A pace about 1/2 the speed you would walk in Canada will really help.
2) Never, ever take the stairs or exert yourself more than necessary. This would include things like walking far distances when you can take the bus or tuk tuk. This may sound lazy, but in reality it is very smart. Working out time must been done in working out clothes. When in your regular clothes for the day you cannot afford to sweat too much. One outfit a day for the laundry is plenty.
3) Look for shade and stay in it as much as possible. This means at times even if you are zigzagging down the road as you walk. The extra few steps will not produce as much sweat as staying under the baking sun. Better yet, carry an umbrella and you have constant shade.
4) Carry a sweat rag at all times. This is for emergencies when you can’t help but have sweat trickling or pouring down your face. The rag is a discreet way to wipe away the evidence and street vendors sell very fashionable ones in all colours. There are event Team Sri Lanka sweat rags – or I guess the correct term would be hankercheifs. This will be especially handy when we are watching the World Cup Final match vs. India this Saturday (on the television). I think there will be a lot of sweating going on over the outcome of that match!
5) Stay hydrated. This doesn’t really reduce the sweating, but it does keep you from passing out which is also a good thing.
6) Most importantly – when you start to sweat don’t think about how much you are sweating. This will only cause undo stress and more profuse sweating. You must accept the sweat with the mind of a meditator. Think of it as neither good or bad and embrace it. They try to visualize Regina in the dead of winter. Whenever I do that, I find I can endure any discomfort that the heat may bring because it’s not -50 degrees.