“You have to start each day with acts of courage.”
Getting out of bed is your first act of courage. Taking a cold shower should be your second act of courage.
There are several health benefits of cold showers and it will be very rewarding for you to add cold showers to your daily (morning, preferably) routine.
For the last 30 days, I’ve added cold showers to my daily routine, and surprisingly, I’ve gotten used to the water temperature. I now look forward to the cold water when I jump into the shower. Not only do I feel great when I get out of the shower, but I’m contributing to my health, well-being, and killer looks.
The ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks were amongst the first civilizations to adopt cold water therapy. The Romans were known to jump into ice water after battles. Hippocrates discovered that taking cold water, whether externally or by ingestion, would treat various types of illnesses. Sikhs practice the science of Ishnaan, bathing in cold water, to better their mind, body, and soul.
Am I coming through to you?!
I know some of you cringe at the thought of taking cold showers. You might even deem this as one of the most miserable things you can do. Picture yourself in the middle of winter and your alarm goes off at 6am. You’re cozy, comfortable, and content. The last thing you want to do is take a cold shower.
But I am challenging you to tuck in your jewels, blast the cold water, and jump in like a badass that doesn’t give a fuck. You’ll eventually laugh at your old self for thinking how difficult taking a cold shower would be.
Take a cold shower daily for the next 30 days. I guarantee you are going to feel a lot better when you get out and your body, mood, and health will thank you for it. You might even look forward to it!
10 Health Benefits of Cold Showers
1. Increases your energy
I definitely saw this one coming. Step into a cold shower at 6am and guess what will happen—you will wake up from your seven-hour coma. You will suddenly feel alert. This surge of energy will last once you get out of the shower and you will be ready to take whatever the day throws at you.
For those looking to reduce their caffeine intake, cold showers are your replacement.
There’s also a hypothesis that cold showers can help treat fatigue and chronic fatigue.
2. You’ll look better
Sorry, it won’t fix the way your face looks, but it will help your skin and hair. Hot showers dry your skin and hair by opening your pores and hair cuticles. Opening your pores and hair cuticles increases the risk for acne and other blemishes. Keeping your hair cuticles closed may strengthen the bond to your head, preventing hair loss. Cold showers will prevent your cuticles and pores from opening as well as maintain some of the good natural oils your body produces.
3. Boosts immune system
Cold showers immediately tell the body’s immune system to get to work. Constant exposure to this type of environment will cause the body to adapt, resulting in higher level of antibodies.
4. Fights depression
“Exposure to cold is known to activate the sympathetic nervous system and increase the blood level of beta-endorphin and noradrenaline and to increase synaptic release of noradrenaline in the brain as well. Additionally, due to the high density of cold receptors in the skin, a cold shower is expected to send an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which could result in an anti-depressive effect.”
5. Fat loss
When your body is cold, it has to process more energy to keep you warm. This means it has to burn more fat than normal. Your body will also make good use of a “good fat” called brown fat. The cold temperature can activate the brown fat which will activate our metabolism and burn calories.
Throw away those testosterone pills. Taking a cold shower is a natural way to increase your testosterone levels. They’re also good for your little soldiers. Hot water is detrimental for sperm count so if breeding is on your horizon then improve your chances of reproduction by turning down the hot water knob.
Source: Midwest Men’s Clinic
7. Improve circulation
Healthy blood circulation is good for your organs and cardiovascular health. Cold temperatures causes blood to move to your organs and extremities to keep them warm, aiding in good blood circulation. Hot water has the opposite impact by moving the blood towards the surface of your skin.
8. Lower stress levels
Do you get anxious or stressed easily? If so, being exposed to cold temperatures may reduce your cortisol levels to keep you calm when shit hits the fan.
9. Aids in muscle recovery
There’s a reason why athletes take ice baths after a game or training session. The cold temperature helps their muscles recover after taking a beating. I’m not LeBron James nor Tom Brady so I’ll settle for the cold shower.
10. Mental toughness
I would say this is one of the biggest health benefits of cold showers. Waking up to a cold shower is one of the most daunting things you can do. In fact, there’s a chance it will be the toughest thing you’ll do all day. Pushing through this will help you push through other challenging tasks thrown at you. I assure you that sales call will not taunt you like that steam-less stream of running water. If anything, once you take that cold shower, you’ll be waiting to crush that sales call.
Cold Shower Action Plan
Start small if jumping into a cold shower sounds terrifying. Begin with a hot shower and end with the water on full-blast cold. Follow this week-by-week practice to handle cold showers like a boss.
Week 1: 20 seconds
Week 2: 30 seconds
Week 3: 1 minute
Week 4: Entire shower
Naturally, you’ll become extremely efficient with your shower time.
The first time you crank up the cold water, you will freak out. You may want to consult your physician if you have a heart or other medical condition since this could shock your body.
Take long, slow, deep breaths, completely inflating and deflating your lungs. Think of this as a mini-meditation session.
If you are completely against the thought of taking only cold showers then at the very least, end your showers on cold for 30 seconds.
When you’re done, let out a Rick Flair “Woooooo” and start your day off like a badass.
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