It sucks, I will not lie to you… But the benefits of cold showers are endless. Cold showers are any shower you take with a temperature under 70 Fahrenheit (21 Celsius) degrees. So, cold as hell!
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Even though it is not a pleasant way to start your mornings or end your day, it is a boost for your health, happiness, and self-esteem. “How?” you may ask… I’ll explain it to you:
First of all, cold showers will boost your immune system. It’s been proven that cold showers stimulate the leukocytes in your blood, which helps you fight common diseases like the flu or the cold. I took cold showers for the past three months now, every single day, and I can tell that I feel more energized.
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Cold showers boost circulation in your body.
When you hit that freezing cold water, your body has to work super-hard in order to maintain its temperature. That means it stimulates the blood vessels to work harder, you get more oxygen in your brain and, as a result, you feel more alert. If you are someone who wakes up in the morning not wanting to get out of bed, this will be your cure. I guarantee it!
It makes you happier!
That I can confirm it myself 100%. I have never, ever, ever, walkout from a cold shower not feeling good about myself, optimistic, and happier! This thing is called hydrotherapy. It has been proven that the cold water jolts your system and, as a result, your brain releases endorphins (happiness hormones) and as a result, you feel happier, and have a better outlook on life.
Although all these cool benefits listed above are amazing, they are not the best thing about cold showers.
Getting out of your comfort zone
THAT is the real benefit! I didn’t take cold showers because I wanted a better immune system or a better circulation. These things are great, but getting out of your comfort zone is what life should be about! Facing obstacles, challenging yourself, pushing yourself to the limit… If you want to live a successful life these are the habits that you need to create! And believe it or not, a cold shower every single day can take you a long way. It shows you that it ain’t that hard, adversities are not some immovable mountains that you just can’t overcome. It shows you that discomfort is not that bad, it is the only thing that can make you grow.
Starting from the hot water.
Now that you know why you should take cold showers, it is time for you to learn how to do it. There are three big ways that you can tackle: You just shower as you normally do, and after you finish, you turn the hot water to freezing cold water. This can be done gradually, and let your body adjust to the changes in temperature, or you can just turn the handle and feel that shock immediately. Either way, it will not feel good…you can’t trick this part.
Adjusting gradually parts of your body to the cold water.
That means you just wet your head first, then your face, next to your arms, your feet, and eventually, you go all in. It is not so much of a shock, but it is still uncomfortable, and that is the whole point.
You take the challenge like a real man and go berserk.
You stay under the shower, set the handle to cold, and then release the water. It is the simplest way, the way I do it, and the most beneficial.
Now you know why you should be taking cold showers and how to do it! It all depends on you to take action. Grow a pair and get in that shower. If you need to remember something from this article, it must be that cold showers are a way to face discomfort and defeat it! It is a way to become a better person, and cold showers are just training for bigger discomforts and harder adversities!
I hope you enjoyed our article about the benefits of cold showers!
Here are some books recommendations if you want to know more about the cold shower and the cold therapy, or just stepping out of your comfort zone: