When I was a kid, our well silted in and we had to carry water for many ears. As a result, we took sponge baths all week and took our proverbial weekly bath on Saturday night, so we wouldn't be overly odiferous for church the next morning. Frankly, though many folks with water constraints still have to do such things, I'm glad that I still have the option of showering whenever I want.
I've always heard that many folks bathe less when they get old. I remember that my “clean-as-a-whistle” great aunt got to where she didn't want to bother with it when she began suffering from Alzheimer’s. She lived with my mother at that stage, though, and mom made sure that she got a complete bath a couple times a week.
As I've gotten fatter over the years, I've learned another reason that some folks might put it off, when they can. It simply gets very difficult to do a good job at it. Naturally, that's all the more reason to do it! With my current lack of energy, I have to keep after myself to stay clean enough to be presentable to others. After all, I never know when “the kids” will stop by, and I'd hate for my granddaughter turn up her nose when she hugs her grandpa.
Naturally, I won't be able to do this in warm weather. For now, though, sitting here in the house to avoid the often unpleasant weather doesn’t cause me to work up a sweat, so I can get by with skipping a day. Though my wife no longer seems to notice if I skip TWO days (not sure if that's a good thing). I notice that I can't stand myself! So, showering is pretty much every other day for now.
There ARE a some slight advantages to reducing the number of baths you take. It should cut very slightly on the water bill, as well as making the soap last longer. Then, too, there's a little less laundry, since I use fewer towels. My wife is one of those “one use” folks, so in theory, there will be less detergent and fabric softener used, and there should be less wear on the towels from less use and laundering. In case you're wondering, yes, I know the savings will be so slight as to be unnoticeable, but that doesn't mean that they don't make for a good excuse! - lol
All things considered, while the weather remains cold, I'll probably continue my slothfulness, at least as long as the neighbors don't begin referring to me as “Stinky.”