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The Power of a Hot Shower

I believe in the power of a hot shower for warming up before a cold morning run or for a relaxing post-workout treat. A hot shower is also a natural way to relieve cold symptoms. The hot water and steam work like a natural decongestant, which can relieve sinus pressure too. Plus the shower will not only relax you, but it will moisturize your nasal passages as well. If you're running a slight fever, a hot shower can help break it.

Standing under a hot shower is also great way to relieve a a stiff neck. The heat relaxes the stiff muscles allowing for better neck movement. Sometimes, if I can stand it and the symptoms are new, I ice my neck for 10 minutes before jumping into the shower. A bag of frozen peas or corn does the trick. After the shower I usually go through these five moves to relieve shoulder tension, since a stiff neck and tense shoulders are usually related.

Do you use a hot shower medicinally? If so, tell me how in the comments section below.


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karen-zoo karen-zoo 8 years
So bad for my sensitive skin but I LOVE a hot shower
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
I love hot showers!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i definitely agree that there are a lot of benefits to a hot shower. i know that for myself - it just relaxes me and my muscles, and if i'm not feeling well, then i find that the steam really does wonders for my sinuses.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I love hot showers too! I know they say not to take hot showers in the winter, but I don't freakin' care...warm showers just don't do it for me. It's kind of funny because my husband and I both like to take really long hot showers in the winter (like, 15-20 minutes each) and our utility bills kind of reflect that. It's probably one of the only little luxuries that we both refuse to give up. Plus, it's kind of nice that my husband doesn't complain about my long showers, since his are almost ALWAYS longer than mine are.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I love showering. My dad used to have to knock on the bathroom door and order me out when I was a teenager (he had one of those water heaters that never runs out, so I would literally stay in there for 45 minutes if allowed to). I still love a long hot shower - it's one of the most relaxing things I can think of.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
It's great for migraines (so is a hot bath!).
RunninginBoston RunninginBoston 8 years
Hot showers feel nice, but the best way I've found to avoid sore muscles after a hard run is an ice bath. Not at all comfortable and relaxing at the time though!!!
rivrchild rivrchild 8 years
As much as I love them, I try to avoid too hot of a shower, especially in the winter because the extreme temperatures are what provokes my excema. As soon as the weather gets warm, it goes away though. So hurry up, Spring!
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
I've never had the desire to take a hot shower BEFORE a run, but after definitely. in the summer, when i worked at a horse ranch outside all day, i would come home to jump under a cold shower before my run.
Frenched Frenched 8 years
I LOVE standing under a hot shower. It's so relaxing, cleansing and theraupetic to me!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
When I'm congested a hot shower is key!
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