Bathing right after gym workout is detrimental for health

by Yin on August 21, 2009

in Arthritis,Complementary Healing,Exercising

Just this week, I met up with an old friend after his workout session in the gym. Personally, I enjoy workouts late at night when there are less people in the gym- and then taking a bath right after workout.

He commented, “you can’t do that. Do you know that this is very damaging to your system? Your body’s looking to shutdown for the day and you tax it with intensive exercise. Are you crazy?”. 

I have to agree with him. Bathing right after gym workout, especially if you chose to work out at night would do your body more harm than good. This is especially so if you also wash your hair. Even if you blow dry your hair, the damage is already done the moment you turn on that shower tab on your body.

I know many people enjoy taking a nice shower right after workout- especially in the gym where you are sharing equipment and that yucky feeling from sweating. Despite mentioning earlier that bathing at night or right after workout could led to future health complications, convenience sometimes rule out.

Recently during these few weeks, I have been going to the gym late at night for workout. As I do not enjoy hanging out at the gym, I will proceed to shower right after my workout. My face and arms would have red little dots- signifying that the pores are open due to sweating. I never wanted to wait 1/2 hour for my body to cool down.

Here are the changes I noticed in my body:

  • I remembered one night as I ran a warm shower after workout, I sensed that my body was in shock. As I reached home, my insides felt cold.
  • After about a few consecutive times of doing that, my hands and feet felt cold most of the time. I remembered a Chinese physican told me that if the hands and feet are cold, it means the immune system is not good- they will advise to stop night bathing and stop taking certain type of ‘cooling food’. 
  • Then, my morning sinus (and sometimes at night) came back. Even though it was not as bad as before, but I had not been having running nose for a while.
  • Not only that, allergy reaction flared out more easily than before. 

There has not been any other changes in my lifestyle (except, ok, I am taking lattes again- the company provide free lattes and I couldn’t resist it) except late night workouts so I attribute the weaker feel due to compromised health of showering at night right after workout.

Actually, if you are really conscious of your body and sensitive to its changes, you’ll probably feel those things that I do too. Those are not good indications- I always near people sniffing or having puffy nose in the gym- if your immune system is good, this could not be a common occurance.

As such, I am considering changing my workout schedule from night, back to morning. Will report more on how it goes.

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