I still haven’t quite figured out whether I prefer working out in the morning before work or in the evening. When I can resist the snooze button and actually get myself on the bike or treadmill while it’s still dark out, I tend to have a very productive morning but then crash around 2:30. If only I didn’t work in an open cubicle, a 20-minute power nap would be the obvious solution…but a tall mug of black tea and making plans for my suddenly free evening is exciting enough to wake me up. What will I do with that extra hour (extra hour and half including travel time and shower)? Pour myself a glass of wine and catch up on Glee? Paint my nails? Call a girlfriend who I’ve been meaning to catch up with? However, I also love the feeling of burning off the long day at the gym and then letting that good-sore feeling sink into my body as I climb into bed. I have always been really active, so it was a bit of a shock adjusting to a job where I sit for most of the day. When I actually have an office someday I am serious about wanting to bring in an exercise ball to sit on, but until that day, it’s just me, my rolly chair, and my sore lower back. While my brain is usually drained by 5 o’clock, the rest of my body is cramped and begging to move. I also find myself more relaxed and focused on my workout when it’s at the end of the day, since I’m not thinking about everything I have to get done before my afternoon meeting.
But my absolute favorite part of working out at night is taking a short but relaxing shower afterward. It’s so therapeutic to make the water extra hot and lather my facewash into a mask, letting it work with the steam for a minute or two. My favorite post-workout body wash is Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap. In a shower where products are changing faster than Anne Hathaway at the Oscars, Dr. Bronner’s is my one constant. I do like to change the fragrances though. While Peppermint is my favorite, I am currently loving Rose ($9.99 for a 16 oz bottle, available at http://www.drbronner.com). It is so incredibly fresh-smelling, and leaves you feeling clean and refreshed without drying out your skin. You can feel good about what you are putting on your body because all the oils in the soap are organic, and you can also feel good about buying Dr. Bronner’s products because they are certified fair-trade. All their employees, including the farmers who produce the ingredients that go into their products, are paid fairly. A word of warning though: although their bottles are awesome because they are made from recycled materials, you will get dizzy trying to read all the small print that covers them!
What is the one product you always have in your shower?
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