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May 14, 2014

Post-Workout Showering Tips for Men

Cool Down with a Cold Shower

Cool Down with a Cold Shower

A hot shower encourages blood flow toward your skin, soothing your muscIes. You relax. You feel good. A cold shower does the opposite. In response to the cold temperature, your body will do its best to protect your internal organs, encouraging the blood to flow away from the outer extremities and skin. Why is this good?
When you exercise, your heart rate increases to support your body's needs. Lactic acid builds up in muscIes when they're deprived of oxygen, a normal occurrence when your workout is intense and your body dips into its energy reserves (glucose) to meet the intense energy need. When people talk about "feeling the burn," it's the lactic acid that's behind that bite.

Cold temperatures immediately after your cool-down help bring your heart rate down and increase your circulation, which in turn helps reduce your recovery time. The increased level of blood your heart pumped to match your body's needs won't be allowed to pool in your tired musc1es, and those musc1es will clear the lactic acid more quickly.
Additionally, exercise can cause m*scles to become inflamed -- the swelling caused by small tears in the m*scle fiber -- and a cold shower may help to minimize soft tissue inflammation and its associated pain.

Overall, if you're healthy, a cold shower after aerobic exercise may help to constrict blood vessels and decrease your metabolic activity, which equals less tissue damage and less swelling. Endurance athletes may want to try something a little more intense as part of their cool down: ice baths. An ice bath involves soaking in cool water for 15 to 20 minutes post-workout, and you can decrease the temperature as you begin to adjust to the cold. Accompany your cold shower with a sports massage, and you'll not only reduce the build-up of lactic acid in your post-workout mus.cles to reduce soreness and swelling, but you'll also boost your circulation and loosen tight musclles.


Hot or cold shower after exercise?

It's not essential to have either a cold or hot bath or shower after a work-out but if you need to go back to work or out for the day or evening then it's essential! Over the past few years, you may have known that footballers and athletes having cold or ice baths straight after a game. The reason behind this is to prevent or reduce any inflammation from injuries that may have occurred during the game. It can also help with a faster recovery, but it's quite painful and not recommended for the average person. 


Benefits of A Post Workout Shower

Your post workout regime plays an essential part in your fitness routine. After working out, your body and musclles need the right care to recover and rebuild strength. So, here are some benefits of a post workout shower. "Muscle recovery and Losing fat" Research has shown that a cold water shower can enhance recovery and reduce m*scle soreness after some serious training. Many people suffer from mu5cle ache a day after their exercise session; this is called onset mu5cle soreness (DOMS). Taking a cold shower after working out can help ease this pain and allow you to workout easily the next day. It is found that when you take a cold shower after a rigorous exercise session, your metabolism rises up to 550 per cent to keep up with your body temperature. This results in you burning more calories to stay warm. Therefore, try taking a cold shower after working out to enable you to lose more fat.



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