Do you enjoy long, hot showers? Of course you do. Showers are undoubtedly one of the most relaxing and enjoyable parts of your day. However, if health is one of your top priorities in life, then perhaps you should consider turning the knob to the right the next time you step into your bathroom. Conditioning your brain to accept, survive, and embrace discomfort is one of the practices that can greatly impact the rest of your life. Not only athletes, but entrepreneurs looking to achieve their goals are typically those who engage in cold shower therapy. There are many health benefits to taking cold showers, but that’s not what it’s all about. The uncomfortable feeling that you get while allowing the frigid, numbing water to pour down your body is what makes cold showers so beneficial to everyday life. Overcoming discomfort and sacrifice in minor areas of life (showering) will allow for an individual to persevere in everyday life and accomplish their goals.
If you aren’t intrigued by the thought of making yourself experience discomfort daily, then perhaps the health benefits of cold showers will sway you to at least attempt plunging into the icy waters. Apart from a good diet and regular exercise, taking part in cold showers is possibly the healthiest decision you can make. One benefit from cold showers is increased blood circulation. When your body temperature is considerably low compared to that of what it would be on average, blood begins to flow to your organs so that they can be kept warm. Warm water, on the other hand, sends water rushing to the skin, which can be vital to improving acne and eliminating other blemishes. So, if you do decide to take cold showers, go ahead and alternate between warm and cold from time to time to help not only blood circulation, but to keep your skin healthy as well.
When you were a child, you were probably told by your elders that you shouldn’t play in cold weather or rain so that you may avoid sickness. However, allowing your body to regulate its internal temperature in a cold shower will help strengthen your immune system. Your immune system somewhat defines your health, and if yours is weak and you get sick frequently, then cold showers are definitely for you. Are you constantly having negative thoughts about your goals, future, or other aspects in your life or simply feeling a bit demotivated and uninterested? Cold showers can help to improve your mood and increase optimism in your outlook on life. The cold water can simulate what is known as nor-adrenaline secretion in the human brain, which can help to improve mood disorders such as depression and some bipolar tendencies.
Are you a gym-goer? Are you looking to increase your testosterone, metabolism, and rate of recovery? Cold showers can help accomplish all of these almost instantly. Natural ways to increase testosterone should always be something you are looking for if you are looking to build muscle and/or shred fat. Added motivation, aggressiveness, and confidence can result from increase in testosterone levels, all of which are vital to success in the weight room. Also, when your body is continually regulating its internal temperature due to the cold water bringing it down, calories are burned as well as fat itself. This aids in the rate of metabolism within your body, which can help with weight and fat loss. Lastly, cold showers can help speed up your muscles’ recovery time. DOMS (Delayed onset muscle soreness) is the pain and stiffness felt in muscles several hours to days after unaccustomed or strenuous exercise. Exposure to cold water can reduce lactic acid buildup and decrease soreness fairly quickly. If you tend to hit the weights daily, then a decrease in DOMS could be very beneficial to your training regimen.
So, what are you waiting for? Go hop in a cold shower and try your hand at experiencing relative discomfort. It all starts with your decision to actually do it! From my personal experience, the more you engage in cold showers, the easier they are to withstand and over time they actually become enjoyable, especially after a tiresome or hardworking day. My advice would be to turn the knob further and further toward cold day by day, slowly but surely. I would not recommend beginning with a hot shower and then attempting to make it colder gradually. Just go ahead and get in there and get used to it; it only takes a few minutes. Focus on your breathing when you enter. At first, you may hyperventilate (this is the worst part, but it’s easy to get over). Make sure to take deep breaths and if needed, throw some shadow punches to get your blood running and breathing on a more regulated pace.
Cold showers are one of the healthiest decisions that I have made in my life and it has paid off not only in the gym, but in life as well. Not only will your physical health be improved, but you will begin to develop and build mental toughness while battling discomfort. By readying yourself to experience this discomfort, you will be prepared to take on the many challenges that await you for the remainder of your life. Within just a couple weeks of taking cold showers, I was able to get in the shower, put the water to the coldest setting as soon as I turned it on, and stand in it for as long as needed all while breathing normally. It doesn’t take long for your body to become accustomed to this new way of bathing, it just takes that initial drive and getting over that voice in your head begging you to make the water nice and steamy.