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Shower-Free Solutions when You're Short on Time

Sometimes, it’s all you can do to squeeze a workout during your lunch hour or before the evening PTA meeting. In an ideal world, you’d also have time to shower, fix your hair, and dress to impress. But in the real world, you don't always have time for all of this. Instead of skipping your workout altogether in lieu of extra shower time, consider some of these shower alternatives for time-pressed exercisers.

Workout Clothes
There are many different ways to refresh your body, from head to toe, starting with your workout clothes. Sitting around for hours in sweaty clothes isn't very comfortable or appealing to your co-workers. Bring a change of clothes to the gym, everything from socks, to shirts and even undergarments. Women especially need to bring a change of underwear to prevent yeast infections that might arise when wearing damp or sweaty undergarments for too long.

Consider buying exercise clothes made from synthetic fabrics that are specifically designed to whisk away sweat, keeping you cooler and drier, such as Dri-Fit by Nike, Double Dry by Champion, or Cool Max. Cotton clothes retain sweat and moisture, making your sticky and stinky. Also, wear breathable socks, not dress socks, while you work out. Women should always wear sports bras, not only for support, but also so that they can change back into a clean, regular bra when finished.

Head to Toe
If you have long hair, pull it up or back while on the treadmill or lifting weights. This way, it’s less likely to fall down onto your neck or face and pick up the sweat that lies there. Carry a small towel with you to wipe off excess sweat while you exercise. Never touch your hands to your sweaty face, as this spreads bacteria and increases the likelihood of acne. Just use your towel (blotting, not wiping) instead!

When you are done with your workout, let your hair back down. You can apply hair freshening products (in spray or powder form) after exercising to help neutralize or refresh the smell of your hair, such as Aveda Light Elements Reviving Mist or KMS Turnstylr Do-Over Cleansing Spray. Powder products also help decrease moisture and oil, keeping hair looking and smelling great until you have time to shower later.

Bring some disposable body wipes or towelettes (available at most drug stores and online). These wipes remove excess oil from your skin. Some varieties are gentle and can be used on your face, while others can be used all over your body. These are great option when you don’t have time to shower and they're small enough to keep a pack in your gym bag or car. Try Crabtree and Evelyn Citrus Travel Towelettes, L'Occitane Green Tea Refreshing Towelettes for Hands and Body, or Avon Clearskin Deep Cleansing Cloths.
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Liz Noelcke Liz Noelcke
Liz is a journalist who often writes about health and fitness topics.

Member Comments

  • I've never been able to work out during my work day. It's either before or after work. If I did work out during office hours, I'd have to just use the wipes. I wear compression hose, and it's an aerobic workout in itself just putting them on and taking them off. Trying to rush, take a shower, dry off, and get those hose back on would be too much trouble. - 9/30/2015 9:20:55 PM
    Seems like an awful not of chemicals to use. I usually wipe off with witch hazel. A little drying but if its for the occasional last minute workout, no harm done. - 9/28/2015 9:24:56 AM
  • I have a genetic condition where I have very few sweat glands. Although others may know what sweat dripping down their face feels like, I have never experienced that in my life.

    So, "working up a sweat" is almost impossible for me. Although this means I don't have to worry as much as others about being offensive to others after a work-out, it does have other problems. Sweat is the way the body usually employs to cool off. The other way is by bringing blood to the surface of the skin, which is what my body usually does. So, oftentimes people think I am either on the verge of dying from a work out because I am so red, or if I am outside, people think I am sunburned.

    Needless to say, summer is miserable for me. - 9/28/2015 8:04:20 AM
  • Ha, I work out and work at home so not showering would only make me miserable. I can't imagine NOT showering, yet in a pinch the suggestions in the article sound reasonable and doable. The greater good is getting a workout in, the kindness and respect for others comes in how you clean up your post workout self. Doing nothing is just nasty... - 9/28/2015 6:54:49 AM
  • I don't do heavy workouts while at work. In my desk I keep body wipes, and baby powder.
    T-shirt, extra socks, and a change of undergarments if needed. - 9/28/2015 6:20:35 AM
  • My boss could use some advice. He works out on the treadmill at lunch, no shower, and then there is a funk around him all afternoon! Best to schedule any meetings with him in the morning. - 9/28/2015 3:00:26 AM
    I work @ a gym, we are expected to workout when members are there so they can see that we know what we are doing. So showering during work isn't an option for us. So we all use these tips. But we are all happy to go home & take a shower. Some of us shower @ work when our shift is over just because. So this SP article doesn't lack reality. - 9/4/2015 4:51:43 PM
  • I sweat like a dude, so "touching up" is not even on the table. I need a long shower with exfoliating towels and lots of soap. - 1/8/2015 12:41:48 PM
  • I stumbled across this article while looking for tips on nighttime exercising. I'm a bit torn, so this article has been quite helpful. I get up very early for work, and I've been getting a lot of interviews lately, so I strongly prefer a morning shower. However, since I get up so early, I don't want to get up even earlier to exercise. I'm trying to find out if there are healthy ways to exercise at night (and yes, I do sweat quite a bit) and not shower until morning. It's not a permanent situation, just something I need to do until I find another job. I want to be as clean and nice looking as possible for an interview, which I can't do if I shower after my nightly exercise. - 10/6/2014 8:51:51 PM
  • Just gross. Take a shower. Enough said. - 7/25/2014 8:59:23 PM
  • After visiting my daughter when she was in the Peace Corp and not being able to take a shower for a week because of the water shortage, I know I can clean up with a sponge bath or moist towelettes after all!

    If you are clean in the first place, and clean your problem areas, put on clean clothes you are good to go. - 3/3/2014 4:29:57 PM
  • No shower after a workout? Yeah, no thanks. Even if I do a light cardio (which is only 25 minutes running comfortably) I still get sweaty. Now imagine just "brushing up" and going to work or school? What kind of sicko would do that? That's why the majority of gyms have showers inside the bathroom's. - 1/22/2014 11:50:45 AM
  • I sweat but keep doing my exercise. - 7/29/2013 7:15:53 AM
  • I work out at lunch time. If I get super sweaty, I definitely take a shower but there are some days when I know that I won't have time for a shower, so I just do a less intense workout (such as a brisk walk on the treadmill and some strength training) and then I change into clean clothes afterwards...I keep antiperspirant, blotting pads for my face and other such things handy for these times. - 7/26/2013 3:25:47 PM
  • I sweat way too much for anything but a post-workout shower. - 5/15/2013 10:42:12 PM

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