Chances are, if you’re working out, you’re hitting your shower with vengeance afterward. Like hydrating, wearing proper running shoes, and maintaining a balanced diet, I fully support this decision. Just because we are fit people does not mean we have to be smelly. However, issues may arise if you, like me, are a fan of the dual (or triple!) workouts on any given day. Especially in a drought-ridden place like California, three showers a day does not make environmental or economical sense. Thus, it is imperative to consider a shower schedule that works well with your pocketbook, the Earth’s ability to give, and keeps you fresh and pretty.
On a regular weekday, my workout schedule can look something like this:
Three workouts, well spaced throughout the day, with the need to smell pretty for work in between at least two of them. Quite a dilemma, eh?
What works best for me is taking a thorough, but quick, shower after swimming. Any hair washing or shaving that needs to happen will be during this shower. I save water by turning off the faucet whenever I am lathering and shaving anything, and sometimes when I’m just lathering, too. It sounds a little crazy, but it makes me feel better about using water and our limited resources. If you’re not into this sort of thing, then perhaps just try to be quick about it.
Post running, I will typically take a three minute “rinse off.” I soap up the very sweat-laden parts of me, rinse them out, wet my hair (damp hair always makes me feel squeaky clean), and hop out, quick as a cricket. And after soccer? The same deal.
Most people spend about ten to fifteen minutes in the shower once a day. I spend about the same amount of time, spread out between two to three times a day. With a bit of planning, it’s easy-cheesy. Another great way to be accurate in your shower timing is to invest in a shower timer. Check out Ripple shower products: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2004/11/ripple_products.php. You can get cute, waterproof timers that suction to your shower wall.