What is your bathing preference? Shower or bath?
I will answer this question for myself. Most of the year I take one bath in the evening, as hot as I can stand it. It gets me clean and I stay clean through the coming day. In the heat of summer I may take a morning or afternoon shower, and if I do yard work I customarily shower afterward. This is in addition to the evening bath.
The main reasons for this preference are convenience--with four other people in our household I have to take the bathroom when it's available--and my own preference for a leisurely hot bath for its relaxing and therapeutic values. I sleep better, feel better in the day and generally am able to have my bath without troubling anyone else.
Your preferences, please? And do you recommend them for others?
(I recommend my type bath for those who might have joint pains or sore muscles. If it sounds inviting try it.)
Just curious as to what people think is healthy and good personal hygiene.
I don't have joint pain problems, but I attribute this largely to the hot baths I take and to the fact I'm still in fairly decent shape for a man of 67.
Interesting factoid--the Japanese take hot communal baths, but the drill is you soap up, clean up and rinse all the soap off before you get in the hot water. Whole families bathe this way in public baths. I stayed in a hotel once where one tub of water served all the guests, but they were allowed to go in as couples.
I may share a funny story about that, but not right now.
Thanks for all the "revealing" answers. This is a very clean topic in spite of the first answer.
The first night we didn't do the hot bath, but just rinsed off the day's dirt and went to bed after dinner. Next day we did a lot of hiking and climbing and definitely needed to get cleaned up. The hotel had a community bathtub that was full of really hot water. There were pans and soap and the drill calls for people to soap up really good, scrub themselves clean and rinse off completely before getting in the tub. In other words, you are clean before the bath.
Well, we did everything but the water was too freakin' hot, and we wondered how the Japanese could stand it so hot. We were foreign guests, so we were allowed to bathe first.
The next morning the word around the hotel was the Japanese guests were really impressed at the American guest--they didn't know how we could stand the water that hot.
What we didn't know was that pitchers of cold water provided were there to be used to cool the tub down to where the temperature was bearable. We didn't know that until afterwards!
This, by the way, was one of the most memorable experiences of my tour in Japan. We were truly given the best hospitality and were truly welcomed by these people. In the hotel we wore Kimono instead of street clothes, as all guests did.