Productivity Hack: The Gym Shower
Do you get as annoyed as I do with sweating after a workout is done?....even after you've showered?
So I did some research and testing myself to find out what will cool you off quickly. Mainly because I was tired of looking like I got caught in a rain storm when presenting in front of clients.
...and the smell. :p
So here is the hack I've grabbed and adapted from Tim Ferriss.
As soon as you are done head into the sauna and spend about ten minutes bringing your breath down and stretching out those hard worked muscles. This creates several other lon term health benefits as describes by Dr Rhonda Perciavalle Patrick.
"Just a few of the physiological adaptations that occur are:
- Improved cardiovascular mechanisms and lower heart rate. 1
- Lower core body temperature during workload (surprise!)
- Higher sweat rate and sweat sensitivity as a function of increased thermoregulatory control. 2
- Increased blood flow to skeletal muscle (known as muscle perfusion) and other tissues.2
- Reduced rate of glycogen depletion due to improved muscle perfusion. 3
- Increased red blood cell count (likely via erythropoietin). 4
- Increased efficiency of oxygen transport to muscles.4"
Next leave the sauna and head for the shower. Turn the lever as cold as you can, and stand under that bad boy for a couple long cold minutes. Here is a tuturial if you get serious about this part:
The benefits are largely based on metabolism changes that burn calories and wake you up from the inside out! Other caims are made, and while the science for some, the placebo effect can be just as powerful in the mind.
- Improved blood circulation
- Improved mood
- Increased immune strength
- Increased testosterone levels
- Metabolic advantages
- Better breathing
That's not the end!
You might thing that the cold shower would be the end of the process, but the opposite actually happens to your body! The science about how your body heats and cools itself is perfectly logical. Sometimes we just don't think about these things logically!
"Sweating may feel hot and sticky, but it is actually your body's main biological mechanism for cooling itself. As perspiration evaporates from your skin it absorbs a large amount of heat from your body in the process of turning from a liquid to a gas. You become sweaty on a hot day or when you exercise for the same reason: you've accumulated excess heat that you need to get rid of. Your body contains several million sweat glands that automatically regulate when and how much you sweat. The more your body needs to cool down, the more profusely you'll sweat."
So that means the opposite is true when you get cold. Your body tries to heat itself up. So you actually end up telling your body to heat up! Causing more sweat after the shower.
So the solution is to hit the sauna and get all those health benefits. Do a nice cold shower for 4-5 minutes for the metabolic benefits. Then hit a warm to hot shower for 2-3 minutes to "even out".
This gives you the best shot of not sweating out the rest of the day.
Let me know if you've found any other process!