I used to be just like you. I loved taking extra long hot showers in the morning. But that was before I was introduced to the benefits of taking a cold shower.
Before you decide that cold showers are not for you, or if you can’t stand the cold water, hear me out.
Taking a cold shower in the morning improves the health or our body and mind. It is crazy to think that something that most of us do every day (shower) has the power to improve our lives for the better.
However, before I inform you about the benefits, I want you to understand that taking a cold shower is easier than it sounds.
Let me share with you how you can too.
Cold Water Showers For Beginners
A sudden leap from hot water showers to cold water showers is not recommended. It is nearly impossible, and actually unhealthy. I know because I have tried it before.
The very first time I had heard from a friend that cold showers could be good for your health, I decided I was going to jump into the shower the next morning and start with cold water. It did not go so well for me.
The reason for this is that your bodies are so used to the warm water we shower in every day that the cold shocks our brain into wanting to go back to our soothing, comfortable temperature when showering.
So the second time around I took my approach slowly. By easing your way into a cold shower setting throughout several days, you will be more likely to adapt.
Here is the recommended approach, that has worked for many and myself included.
- Hot water is ok, to begin with.
- Take your time no need to rush and feel pressured.
- Now when you are feeling ready slowly turn the handle towards the cold side (how far you go is up to you and how much cold you can tolerate, but I wouldn’t recommend jumping to the coldest setting right away.)
- After you are on that cool, chilly, or cold setting, aim to shower in that condition for at least a minute.
- Then once you are done, get out of the shower and go enjoy your day.
I used these steps to help me overcome my fear of cold showers.
Every single day becomes easier than the last. I encourage you to turn the handle a little closer towards the coldest setting and aim to shower for a longer period of time. As days go by you will start to get more adjusted to the temperature, and eventually, you will be able to jump into cold water instinctually.
What I want you to do is, make a goal. A goal to take your first cold shower, a goal to commit to taking cold showers. Most importantly make a goal of committing to cold showers for at least 30 days, I promise you, you’ll be glad you did.
1. Breaking Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Everyone has fears. Often times our fears hold us back from achieving our goals. Achieving those goals starts with breaking out of your comfort zone.
But how does taking a cold shower help me get out of my comfort zone?
Because for many of you, you will be throwing yourself into the vein of discomfort, cold water, and you will be learning to embrace it.
The more you push out of your comfort zone and take on the tasks you fear, the more confident you become as a person. This confidence can be used throughout any aspect of life, allowing you to have enough courage to do what you want to do in life.
I was so surprised when I found out cold showers had this much power, and I am also glad to say it is true. Thanks to cold showers I was able to go out there in the real world and land a job that very few people get hired for. This is mostly because I was not intimidated by the competition and I had confidence in my abilities.
It is crazy to think that so many people out there have the capacity of doing so many great things but are limited because they fear what is on the outside.
Even has far back as high school, cold showers allowed me to get rid of my fear of tackling when I played football. During my freshman year this was one of the biggest things that scared me in life, and every day I would try to find an answer until I figured out about cold showers. It allowed me to go from being a two-hand touch kid to a tackling machine.
This reaped, even more, benefits throughout my football career in high school as I was able to move up to junior varsity and eventually varsity.
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2. Start Your Morning Feeling Energized
Waking up can be a pain for many, this might be due to a bad sleep cycle, laziness, etc. everyone is different.
However, I do know that more people have a hard time waking up and getting ready for the day. To me, the morning is the most important time of my day.
Why? Because if my morning doesn’t go well, chances are I’m in for a day that won’t go well.
Energy also plays a huge factor in many people’s lives. If we are all dull, down, and out of energy, where is all the excitement going to come from?
Nothing gets the mind and body going in the morning like the splash of cold water.
For me, every time I shower in cold water when I get out I feel so energized and empowered. My eyes are wide awake and fully open, I start paying attention to the small details we often tend to ignore. This FREE and NATURAL increase in energy gives me the confidence to approach life with optimism.
The energy I get from a cold shower has allowed me to phase out caffeinated and sugary substances, such as coffee, sodas, and energy drinks, as my form of energy. If you would like to stop drinking coffee, an excellent substitute is Dandy Blend.
I am grateful for cold showers because there are so many harmful drinks out there that provide little energy and end up leaving you with less energy than you began with.
Now that you know how to access free energy, do you really want to keep starting every morning like a zombie?
3. Improves Your Immune System
I am pretty sure that no one enjoys being sick. For those that are like me and DON’T enjoy illnesses cold showers can be a great form of natural medicine.
I often hear the myth that showering in cold water will make you sick, well this is NOT TRUE. Let me tell you why in a broad sense, cold showers are one of the healthiest ways to regulate our internal temperatures thus improving our immune system.
Allow me to put all your questions to rest.
According to one study done in 2007 by the Virginia Commonwealth University, researchers have found that people who take cold showers are more likely to have extra white blood cell counts and T helper cells than those who don’t.
Another study by the Thrombosis Research Institute in 1993, found that humans who indulged in cold water when showering daily had a higher number of illness-fighting white blood cells when compared to people who had hot water showers. This shock in temperature helps to boost your immune system and release more white blood cells because your body is trying to keep you warm.
4. Increases That Metabolism
Losing weight can be very hard for many, and having a healthy metabolism rate is a key factor in burning your fat. Believe it or not showering in cold water actually, helps to boost your metabolic rate. Crazy, right?
For those who are unaware, our body is made up of two types of fats, brown fat, and white fat. To find out more about these fats, click here.
It is white fat that you should be frowned on.
Reasons, why people with immense amounts of white fat are in danger, is because it stimulates diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and other metabolic diseases.
In fact, you should work to change that white fat into brown fat.
Why? Because our bodies use brown fat to develop heat in order to keep us warm.
Thanks to brown fat when you shower in cold water, you are boosting your metabolism rate which results in you burning more calories, and ultimately help you lose more fat. In fact, researchers have found that “exposure to chilly temperatures caused a 15-fold increase in the metabolic rate of brown fat.”
However, keep in mind this does not mean taking long showers in cold water will amplify these findings.
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5. Improves Blood Circulation
Having a good circulation of blood is imperative. By providing us with oxygen throughout our organs and brain, a good circulation is what keeps our body working.
When humans experience cold temperatures, our blood spreads to all of the organs to keep us warm. On the other hand, hot showers instead move our blood to our skin, I will elaborate on this later.
Switching the temperature from hot to cold multiple times during the duration of one shower is an excellent way to improve your blood circulation. This is critical in order to have good cardiovascular health.
However, I do not recommend beginners try this, instead, stick to adapting your body to cold water first before you try that method.
6. Healthier Skin And Hair
Many people believe in feeling good and looking good. However not everyone does, and if you are one of those people that rather look good than feel good, this is just another reason why you should be showering in cold water.
So there is no need to go out to a spa and spend a ton of money on expensive services when you can take free cold showers at home.
Our skin is packed with a lot of natural oils, and cold water is an excellent way to preserve those oils, the same is true with your hair.
On top of that, your hair will be healthier, stronger, and shinier, this is because the grip of your follicles to the scalp is improved. Being said, there is no need to enhance your hair by harming it using products like hair sprays, and gels.
This also brings me back to what I said earlier about the impacts hot water has on your skin and hair, it dries them out. So a perfect solution for itchy and ashy skin is cold temperature showers.
If you are someone that really cares about the outside appearance of your body, you now know what can help with that.
Personally, I can honestly say my skin is more vibrant than ever now, and I do not use any special creams or lotions to help my skin. Also, I used to experience a lot of hair loss due to high amounts of stress, and I no longer have that problem.
Though it may not be one hundred percent due to low-temperature showers, I do know those showers play a huge role in my health changes.
7. Helps To Reduce Stress
People deal with stress every day, and some stress is good to have. However, immense amounts of stress can have detrimental impacts on our body and mind.
In a way, the showers have allowed my mind to relax and take my mind off the little things that used to bother me but added to the stress I already had.
There are so many factors out there that are not worth stressing over yet people still do. By factoring out those small instances, you will end up feeling better and less overwhelmed.
One study has found that the reason why the showers work is due to exposure to cold temperatures which boosts your glutathione levels and lowers your uric acid levels, resulting in less stress.
I don’t know about you but I hate stressing over small unnecessary things, and I am sure that many people can agree with this.
8. Helps To Relieve Depression
Depression is a serious mental disorder that many people suffer with, knowing that cold showers can actually contribute to reducing depression is huge.
Noradrenaline is an organic chemical that is used to treat many problems such as heart failure, low blood pressure, and even depression.
Researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine conducted a study to put this claim to the test.
By taking cold showers “the blue spot” in our brain is activated, and this is the biggest source of noradrenaline that our brain produces. The chemical is known to allay the symptoms of depression.
We experience electroshocks when showering in cold temperatures to our brain, because of this a cold shower sends an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from the peripheral nerve endings to our brain, which could result in helping to treat depression.
9. Helps Sore Muscles Recover Faster
I remember the very first time I had started to actually workout and push myself to grow my muscles, it was PAINFUL.
In the hour that I was with my trainer, after I was done I could barely move or go down the steps, this was even worse because I had to ride my bike home that day.
It is normal to have soreness in your muscles when you step up your workouts to extraordinary levels, haven’t done weight lifting in a long time, or if you are a beginner to weight lifting.
One of the biggest things you can do to remedy that soreness is rest, but this takes a long time, in order to speed up the process you can take cold water showers.
It is no wonder why many athletes take ice cold baths after their practice or a game because it has been proven to help relieve that soreness.
Although cold showers are not as effective as ice baths, the shower will, like I mentioned improve your blood circulation, thus reducing the amount of lactic acid in you.
An excellent way to practice this method is by alternating from hot to cold water every minute or two for at least five times. This will decrease your recovery time, and give you more time to be free from the soreness of an effective workout.
10. Increase In Testosterone And Fertility (for men)
Yes, cold showers will increase your testosterone and fertility.
During the shower itself, testosterone levels will elevate, and they will sustain throughout the day. It is commonly thought of as a myth, but it is true. The cold water reacts with testicles and hormones to optimally raise testosterone.
If you are looking to boost your testosterone for any reason, turn that shower handle toward the cold side. It may be uncomfortable at first, but it will help you increase your testosterone to desired levels.
I personally don’t have any experience with this function since I have never had any issues with low testosterone, but I can maintain my hormonal health by taking cold showers.
If you are looking to boost your performance in the weight room, or in other ventures in life, you will need testosterone if you are a male. Enduring the bitterness of a cold shower will toughen you up while raising your testosterone.
In turn, the cold showers will also help increase sperm count, making you more fertile. If you and your wife are looking for a solution to increased fertility, cold showers may be able to assist you.
Overall, cold showers can be just as much of a boost to your sexual health as it can be to your physical and mental health. All of which are necessary to maintain a healthy life and having a healthy partnership.
11. Cold Showers Can Help You Sleep Better
Finally, cold showers can be just as helpful at ending your day as it can with starting it. If you are looking to have a better sleep, look to take a cold shower an hour before. The cold water will help to trigger sleep signals in your body and bring you to a relaxing resting period.
If you are looking to have a better sleep, look to take a cold shower an hour before. The cold water will help to trigger sleep signals in your body and bring you to a relaxing resting period.
Now, this may sound counterintuitive as before we stated that the cold showers will help energize you, but the time of day in which you take your shower matters.
Yes, a cold shower will energize you if you have yet to begin your day, but toward the end of your day your body is generally more depleted of energy and a cold shower will bring you down to a sleepy state.
Isn’t that great? This is a great way to stop using sleep medicine if you have a hard time falling asleep.
For me, I always manage to sleep better after a cold shower. I don’t do it every night as too much showering is bad for your skin, but on nights where I have a hard time falling asleep I will take a brief cold shower, and it always soothes me and makes me fall asleep better.
Not only does it help me fall asleep better but I typically wake up feeling better rested on nights after a cold shower.
Now that it is summertime and the weather is getting hotter, a cold shower will feel much nicer in contrast to the hot summer sun.
Use it to your advantage to help your sleep cycle.
Are You Ready?
Listen I know these showers can be scary, and they suck, but that is not a valid reason as to why you shouldn’t be showering in cold water. I hope you realize this.
Doing something that is uncomfortable is the best way to grow our overall as human beings. I can honestly say the showers have left me feeling great, healthier, and allowed me to become a more confident person in society.
However, do not feel pressured into doing this if you don’t believe you are ready to.
After all, this is supposed to help improve your life not make it worse.
At the same time, I do not recommend people with these problems try this:
- Heart problems. This is because even people with healthy hearts experience a shock due to cold temperatures, and this shock can be very dangerous for someone with heart problems.
- High blood pressure. When humans are exposed to cold water our blood vessels contract, this contraction can lead to a stroke for those with high BP problems.
- If you are experiencing a fever or are overheated. This is because cold water will constrict the vessels when instead you should be dilating the vessels so you can release heat.
So what are you waiting for?
Comments below and let me know your thoughts and any questions you might have, always happy to help.
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