I live in a tropical city, and with treadmills in air-conditioned gym off limits due to Covid, I've recently taken up predawn jogging. However, while the jog itself is still tolerable, after I stop running I still find myself flushing bright red and pouring out buckets of sweat for up to half an hour afterwards. So:
What's the fastest way to cool down after working out in a hot & humid climate?
Things I've tried:
- Staying in an air-conditioned space. Does not seem to be very effective.
- In more temperate climates, I was a big fan of cold showers, but here even "cold" water is outdoor temperature, meaning around 30°C/86°F, so I'm still sweating the moment I step out.
- I do have access to an outdoor plunge pool, which is not much cooler than the shower, but seems reasonably effective. But am I best off using it to float motionless, stretch my muscles, swim very short laps or sit submerged on the bottom using a snorkel?
Note that I've seen What is the best way to cool down after a workout?, but it seems to assume a cold climate, because I'm pretty sure the current top answer's advice to "wear a long sleeve shirt" would not be helpful here.