One aspect of swimming that doesn’t get a lot of attention but should is proper hygiene after a meet, particularly showering off. Swimmers need to shower following a meet to rid their bodies and hair of chlorine. Hot showers also help loosen their muscles and relax them after the stress and pressure of competing. There are some amazing showerheads on the market that massage, filter or even play music. Some of these are currently in my home and at the swim club that I compete at, so I’m sharing with you what I consider the best showerheads for your various needs.
After a competition one of my main needs is to unwind and decompress. For me there’s no better way to do that than by listening to some great music. Music helps me clear my head and forget about everything except singing along. Years ago you would have a portable radio on the counter sink and hope you didn’t electrocute yourself. Thank God with today’s technology that’s no longer a concern. My personal favorite is the H-202 Shower Radio with Bluetooth by Sangean. With this model you can listen to all your favorite stations, plus connect to any Bluetooth device, so your entire music library can be accessed from the shower. It’s not only water resistant; its water proof, so you can drop it in a bucket of water and it will still work.
Besides relaxing I want my shower to soothe all the aches and pains that come with training and competing. The Elements 5 Mode Handheld Shower by Waterpik is a jewel among showerheads. It comes with 5 different spray settings. Each features pulsating water technology to bring relief to tired, sore muscles. They also have multiple settings depending on how soft or hard you want the water to hit your muscles. The best part is they’re priced around $40. There is no better feeling than standing under the steam of a hot shower and feeling your muscles loosen and the tension leave your neck.
The last product you should consider investing in is a chlorine filter shower head, like the Culligan RainDisc. This showerhead has a filter built-in to remove chlorine, dirt and odors that are in your hair after swimming. It will help keep your hair soft and prevent your skin from becoming dried out. At around $30 when bought online from Amazon, this showerhead is a steal. The first time I used it I could not believe how much cleaner I felt. There was no lingering chlorine odor and my hair was shiny and silky. I felt refreshed from the relaxing rainfall spray pattern and free of the smell and feel that pool chemicals leave on your body.
Taking care of your body is paramount for a swimmer. Letting chlorine and dirt build up will have you feeling less than your best, which can impede your performances. Not giving your muscles or your mind a chance to relax can also hurt your performance during competition. That’s why I recommend these three shower enhancers. Individually or combined these devices will improve your shower experience, which will translate into a better experience when you’re out competing.