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After a good workout, I take a cool to luke-warm shower. About 10-20 seconds before I am done showering, I turn the water down as cold as I can stand it. It is refreshing, brings my heart rate down, and really cools me off. Plus, during my early morning exercise routine, if I'm still not fully awake, it helps me get there. 30
*NOTE* If you have high blood pressure or a heart condition, it may not be wise to take a cold shower after exercise. Cold water constricts blood vessels which can cause blood pressure to rise quickly.
In the warm summer months just before finishing up in the shower, turn the water from hot to cold gradually. You would be amazed at how cold you may get the water to be and it feels great after the hot water. It also helps to cool down the bathroom from that sticky humid feeling after a shower. Standing under the cold water is good for my neck and shoulders according to my chiropractor after the hot shower.
Establish a reward cycle when you start to exercise by showering with an extravagant shower gel that you ONLY use after exercise. I did this when starting out and I still love to stand in the shower basking in the wonderful aroma, exercise endorphins, and the feeling of virtue and nurturing from taking care of myself by exercise. Add to the effect by smoothing on a matching body lotion and remember that feeling on into your day.
Associating pampering & other rewards with exercise reinforces your perception of exercise as an enjoyable activity, and increases the likelihood that it will become an enduring habit.
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