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Shower-Free Solutions when You're Short on Time

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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

  • 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
  • This was a great article to read. I never gave much thought to working out during lunch breaks because as an early childhood educator all I want to do is relax on my lunch hour. But it has made realize that I can still work out and look like I have not work out during my lunch break. These are great tips that I will consider doing. It will mean one more bag that I have to bring with me it will be worth it at the end. - 3/9/2013 12:22:19 PM
  • Just my two cents, I work out three times a week, and each time I work up a sweat to the point that I'm leaving it on gym equipment (don't worry, I clean the equipment afterward). I don't need to take a shower afterward. Once I cool off, I freshen up my hair, apply some deodorant, spray on some body spray, and I'm good to go. I've never had a complaint or seen anyone "making a face" around me or even had coworkers pull me aside (and trust me, they've done that before, so they wouldn't hesitate to do it to me). Granted I agree some work outs are intense enough to require a shower, but I don't think the article is addressing those. This is the regular "hit the gym for 30 minutes" work out, and unless you have body odor problems otherwise I don't see how this is a "useless" article.

    Then again, to me a shower is just more work, albeit necessary work. XD - 2/2/2013 3:19:35 PM
  • That might help if is a really light workout, but sometimes mine consists in running 8K, and no amount of talcum, deodorant or freshening towels is going to make me feel clean and go to the office. How weird to find in SP an article that lacks reality. - 11/6/2012 11:28:55 AM
  • TO tell the truth I didn;ty read the whole article. Except for when I took it at college I never attended a karate class that had a working shower.So yeah I can sympathise with the rest of you - nothing like going home dripping of sweat.But then the price for me was worth it. - 6/11/2012 9:21:41 PM
  • No way, Jose. Like many others have posted, I could not just wipe down and go sit in an office. I need an actual shower. This is the #1 reason I have never ridden my bike to work. I'd just feel disgusting all day. No moist towelette is going to help me there. - 6/4/2012 10:05:45 PM
  • I hope the person in the next cubicle is considerate enough to shower. Unless it is a leisurely walk, after a workout no amount of "freshening up" beats a shower. - 6/4/2012 7:41:55 PM
  • Too funny!

    Like the commercial from the 70s or 80s? "I don't perspire...I SWEAT" If I've worked out, there's no amount of touching up that's going to work. - 6/4/2012 10:57:07 AM
  • I find that after a bike ride (which leaves you incredibly sweaty and stinky), as long as I can quickly change clothes, dry off with towel, blow dry hair if possible and apply deodorant + body spray I am completely content not showering due to time/location constraints. These few things leave you smelling fine. - 6/4/2012 9:38:52 AM
  • It would be nice to not have a majority of sweat come from under my hair. If I have a good workout, my hair is always the first to be drenched while the rest of my body stays dry. I wish I could just wipe off and go! - 6/4/2012 9:19:14 AM
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