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Usually, after exercise, I cool down and then do other stuff for about 15-20 minutes and then take a bath.

Is it okay to instead eat a full meal after those 15-20 minutes before taking a bath if I just wash my hands?

I was thinking that it might be unsanitary since my body would have been sweating a lot.

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    What are you eating? This question is a little broad... If it is healthy and not too much, I'd say it's fine. – user16011 Jun 14 '15 at 14:55
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It's just not OK but is also recommended. When you end your exercises your body needs food, especially proteins and good carbs !! But i won't enter in nutritional aspects of this because your question appear to be about hygiene.

It's ok to eat if you just wash your hands, there's no harm on that because normally the rest of your body won't touch your food right? And sweat anyway isn't bad for your health you can even drink it! The only possible harm is the bacteria on your hands, but washing your hands for 1min is enough.

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    Second that, there is nothing specially dangerous to your health about body sweat. The bacteria there is the same you have on your skin and unless your workout involves digging in a landfill you should be already exposed to then anyway. Wash your hands and you will be fine. – Cleber Goncalves Jun 22 '15 at 11:02
  • WTH news.discovery.com/tech/… Lol. Thanks Freedom. – BCLC Jun 30 '15 at 13:09
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Is it okay to instead eat a full meal after those 15-20 minutes before taking a bath if I just wash my hands?

Yes, there is no set time for you to consume your post workout meal.

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Yes, you should eat after working out, especially protein. Protein is what helps muscles recover after a workout, and eating after working out helps nutrients flow to your muscles quicker.

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  • My concern is the leftover sweat – BCLC Sep 3 '15 at 0:39
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    @BCLC Wipe down your hands, arms, face, etc. and then eat if you are worried about it. This will take only 1-2 minutes. Either way, I haven't heard of health concerns about sweat other than the high sodium level, and I have met some athletes that actually even drink their sweat. – Rob Sterach Sep 3 '15 at 0:43
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It is actually recommended that you have your post workout meal in the 15-20 minute window post workout. Since your question is about hygiene I would say it does not matter as long as your food doesnt touch the sweat. Keep in mind that showering immediately after a meal will affect your digestion, as it will divert the blood flow from the stomach to other parts of the body, affecting the digestive process. Wait for sometime before heading for the shower.

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    "It is actually recommended that you have your post workout meal in the 15-20 minute window post workout." This is largely broscience, put in place by the manufacturers of protein shakes. Because protein shakes are the most convenient post-workout meal. – Alec Jul 28 '15 at 11:09
  • @Abhishek, those are some pretty bold claims, I'd need to see supporting evidence to back them up. – Eric Jul 28 '15 at 17:06
  • This is a misinterpretation of the timing recommended to consume carbohydrates with some protein to restore muscle glycogen. As can be seen in studies like this, a 3:1 carb to protein ratio is ideal for replenishing muscle glycogen. Supplement companies jumped on this and push the misinformation as @Alec stated. This more applies to endurance exercise than it does to weightlifting types of exercise. – JohnP Jul 28 '15 at 19:47

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