How does tattooing affect the body's ability to sweat?
We’ve spoken about hydration and drinking enough fluid during training sessions and racing to ensure you stay adequately hydrated. But what about how the body cools itself? One of the key ways your body does this is via sweat.
Interestingly, those with tattoos may actually have altered their bodies’ ability to sweat… wait, what?!
You read correctly. Spending much time in the tattoo parlour may have changed how much you sweat, and how much salt there is in that sweat, according to a recent study. Researchers at Alma College examined how changes in sweating function in tattooed areas of the body.
Whilst further research is required to draw serious conclusions, sweat plays a key role in body temperature regulation; inability to sweat may have an impact on performance particularly in hotter race conditions, due to increased difficulty managing body temperature.
An interesting one to consider, particularly if you regularly race in hot conditions, and if you were considering a tattoo.