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Old 06-10-2009, 12:01 PM
dracoi dracoi is offline
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Regardless of internal thermostat issues, part of the problem is that the body does continue to metabolize at a high rate following exercise. Muscles have a small store of glycogen that has to be replaced either from blood sugar or by pulling glycogen out of the liver into the bloodstream. There may even be some metabolism of fat stores. A certain amount of metabolic byproducts need to be cleaned up. Cell growth has been encouraged and there may be some tissue damage to repair. So even if you got your core temperature down below normal, all this extra activity is likely to put it back up over normal before your body finishes "housekeeping."

I'd say to go with a cold shower, but try to give yourself an extra 20-30 minutes (or even an hour) before you have to be somewhere where sweating isn't good.