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Is it Okay to Take a Shower After Workout?

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Are you a workout monster? If you love to exercise so much, whether for fitness or for muscle improvement, you better know some risks of too much exercise. This includes straining, muscle cramps, injuries and all sorts of accidents may happen during exercise.
But what about post-workout activities? Do you have less worries after workout? Do you go straight into a cafeteria for some break or you go straight to the shower room? If you have a habit of taking a shower after workout especially cold bath, think again because it certainly pose some risks.
In this short post, I will tell you some of the health hazards of taking a bath after an strenuous exercise. Let me discuss it in full detail.

Health Risks of Cold Shower After Workout

Whether you are an athlete or just any level of fitness guru, there is only one common thing that makes people do after workout and that is to take a shower. So is it okay to take a shower after workout? Is this habit comes with health risks?

I remember a friend that usually plays basketball every afternoon. He played one game with his friends and after that, he took a shower due to other commitments. After an hour of refreshing clean up, he fell down to the floor and went straight into comatose. 
After three days, he died. The doctors said that the cause of death was triggered by a quick shower after an intense workout – basketball. I just couldn’t remember the exact name of the disease but the incident truly happened. 
So what does science have to say about this mystery? In general and in proper way of exercise, experts suggests that you do warm up exercises to prepare your body for the upcoming physiological stress. After that, exercise also requires cooling down routines to signal the end of a workout.
Medically speaking, when we workout, your heart rate increases which works double time to pump oxygen-rich blood into other parts of your body especially to different parts of muscle groups.
Exercise will trigger lactic acid build up in the muscles which is mainly due to the lack of oxygen. In this process, your body will require more energy in the form of glucose to meet its needs. When this occurs, your body temperature will increase regardless of the intensity of your workout. 
A hot shower (which is a usual habit by athletes after workout) after exercise will trigger smooth blood flow all over the body, helping your skin glows and relieves muscle aches. In contrast, cold shower will immediately cood down your temperature and your heart rate. Interestingly, studies suggests that cold shower after workout also increases blood circulation.
Cold shower will inhibit lactic muscle build up so you won’t feel some burn after workout. Cold shower also lessens your risk of muscle inflammation and pain caused by intense exercise. 

So is it Safe?

Not exactly! There is one important thing to do before you plunge in either hot or cold shower – you need to cool down. Cool down as I’ve said earlier is a basic but most important routine in any workout regimen. Not practicing any cooling down method would mean disaster to your health.
Cooling down routines will help your heart rate back to normal, as well as your body temperature. Experts suggests a cool down session of at least 20 minutes per session of any types of workouts. Plus, you don’t need to shower into a very hot nor an icy cold water. Either way would dilate your blood vessels, which will make you prone to sudden stroke and heart attack, which my friend suffered.


Exercising is a good way to get in shape and be fit. I understand that you need to clean up after an intense workout. However, you need to consider the risks involved in taking a shower in a post-exercise situation. You need to rest for a bit before plunging into a mid range temperature water to avoid any health risks.

2012-12-13 21:40:50


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    Total 11 comments
    • Jennifer

      Spray on your soap in seconds!

      Way faster than bar or liquid soap.

      Simply step into your warm shower.

      • Get your whole body wet, but not your hair.
      • Face away from the shower’s spray.

      • Tilt your head back toward the water to get it wet, while simultaneously spraying speed soap on your front private area. Rub it in good.
      • Turn around toward the spray while reaching to pause the shower’s spray or to aim it toward the wall.
      • Spray speed soap into your hand to do your rear private area. Rub it in good.
      • Rinse your hands, because that soap is now dirty.
      • Bend forward and spray some speed soap on your back and hair (if you choose to use it for your hair).
      • Stand up straight and spray speed soap on your face (close your eyes! :-) ), chest, stomach, thighs, arms, and armpits.
      • Hang up sprayer or put it aside.

      • Apply shampoo if you didn’t use speed soap on your hair.
      • Rub into your hair.
      • With your soapy hands wash your two feet and lower legs.
      • Rinse your feet so you won’t slip.
      • Rub speed soap in, all over your body.
      • Rinse off the speed soap.
      • Dry off and go!

      Happy quick showering! :-)
      Oh, and to find speed soap go to

      • MSG Chicken

        LOL! I hate to see your sex life. Wham, bam, thank you mam!!

    • MSG Chicken

      If you need to take a bath after you workout you are working out at the wrong time!

    • srsly1

      hmmmm….millions of people shower after they exercise, and how many of them died from it? I think I have a better chance of getting struck by lightning than dying from a shower overdose. I don’t know, but I think this is the last thing I will be worrying about.

    • Dewald

      WTF? Really? What about triathlon athletes, etc. Food for thought.

    • uknowthetruth

      1st class journalism here huys : ”I just couldn’t remember the exact name of the disease but the incident truly happened. ” bye credibility :)

    • Jan Beute

      I will be more concerned about the Chlorine – its TOXIC

    • Bacchus

      Well taking a shower is better than stinking like a camels armpit.

    • DRAUGR

      If you seriously sit about wondering such things, maybe you should think about getting a life in which you don’t wait with bated breath for the next “expert” to tell you how to live it.
      “The “experts, un-named scientists, leading cardiologists, celebrity, and so on and so on” tell us this year “whatever” is bad for you, you must stop now or your health will be seriously compromised or you’ll die, etc, etc.
      Next year a new group of “experts” will tell us, no, no, all those things are actually good for you. If you don’t resume doing, eating all those things your health will be seriously compromised or you’ll die.
      Having lived for 50+ years now I’ve seen and heard enough to know not to listen to all those “experts”.

    • PaTaNiKi

      living in the extremes with no hot water and only a garden hose-any time you can take a shower and as many as you need to speed up circulation and immune system is wonderous-water is the greatest gift man has been given and hydro therapy is integral for health and healing-if you can work out tough and clean off toxins why not-better than carrying them around- an interesting thing learned is in small jar make solution of half salt and half vinegar-shake well and wipe down body with cloth before shower or wash off-helps body skin ph and you will be amazed at what areas emit the most toxins after workout-therapy or daily activity-came from nano tony canada youtube-and helps alot to cleanse and fight skin toxicity-it may sting a little and do only every 2 or 3 days to get external skin ph balanced-after this treatment and shower leaves skin smooth-dont apply on open wounds or cuts-as you do this you will be able to learn to read the body and start making adjustments to better function in daily life-and each day is all you got-and you can lose your health fast when your distracted by the wierdness of the world

    • Anonymous

      “Are you a workout monster?”

      Is the person, in the blue shirt asking me this? :wink:

      I personally eat, sleep, and recuperate, to accommodate my physical exertion, yet find that some people are neurotic enough to damage themselves, with chemicals, exposure, and repetitive motion. That kind of athlete is legitimately prone to a heart attack and should not be shocked by any abrasive stimulus, catch a cold, or trip over something. He’s medically unstable, afaic.

      When it’s physically unpleasant, that’s your body telling you something. There is nothing wrong with showering, per se.




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