Body and blood temperature rise significantly during training, causing blood vessel dilation along with the activation of the glands responsible for perspiration.
The body keeps performing these functions up to 30 minutes after exercise ends (time that can be spent by making slight cool down stretches or by taking post-workout supplements). This is the moment when a shower becomes essential to maintain hygiene levels and get rid of germs and sweat.
When it comes to bathing, you can choose cold or hot water according to the benefits each one of them bring to your body:
Benefits of bathing with hot water
- Relaxes the muscles
- Detoxifies the body
- Removes toxins
- Helps losing weight
- Moisturizes and purifies the skin
- Relieves headaches
- Reduces swelling
Benefits of bathing with cold water
- Increased energy and faster recovery
- Reaffirms the skin
- Clears the mind
- Improves circulation
- Enhances sleep quality
- Prevents hair loss
- Increases metabolism
To get the maximum benefits out of a shower after training, experts recommend alternating hot and cold water for 2 and 3 minutes each, repeating the process about 4 times and closing the cycle with cold water. This method contributes to the reactivation of blood circulation, skin toning, energy recovery and general mood improvements.