Showers are a Workout Too
Maybe it’s because I am over 300 lbs or maybe it’s because my shower is tiny, but showering is like working out. I tested this by showering yesterday immediately after I worked out and showering today an hour after I worked out. The differences were staggering.
When I showered immediately (within 15 minutes) after working out, I was out of breath. Each movement, each scrub was like an exercise move. I do tend to scrub vigorously, so maybe that is part of it. I could feel myself sweating as the water hit me. I feel my muscles working and it feels as though I am undergoing some sort of endurance challenge. It was almost like yoga: Balancing myself on one leg in order to scrub the bottom of my feet. I actually had to stop in between scrubs so that I could catch my breath. When I waited an hour after working out I was fine. No heavy breathing and no muscle soreness.
I also tested this theory with varying water temperatures. I am a hot shower kind of guy because I like the sauna effect it gives. I found that the temperature of the water doesn’t really effect me that much. It’s more about the time I allot in between my shower and my workout.
This sounds retarded, but think about it. I like the fact that it’s like a workout because I consider it just that, a workout. Albeit, a short one. But it’s just another tool in my arsenal for my weight loss. It reminds me of some aquatic exercises I partook in while in college. My football coach made the entire team take a pool exercising class. They made use run in place, swim, and jump/lung in the water. It was more tiring than I expected it to be. I think I am going sign up at the YMCA for some pool classes.
Is that crazy? Using showering as a workout?
Give it a try and let me know how your next shower goes.