On Sunday we introduced you to Wim Hof. On Tuesday we provided more information on the benefits of cold showers in a brilliant post containing loads of information (I can say it’s a brilliant post because I didn’t write it, Emma did, so therefore not arrogant of me to refer to it as a brilliant post), and yesterday we suggested alternating between a sauna and a cold shower.
If the thought of just stepping under a cold shower sends chills down your spine, then fear not, over the next three days we will give you a couple of simple ways to gradually introduce these in to your normal daily shower.
Before we do, let us recap some of the benefits of a cold shower (and if you haven’t read Mondays #36alive 102 post then I strongly suggest you do):
- Release of endorphins
- Increased metabolism
- Decrease in anxiety and stress
- Circulation boost
- Reduced muscle fatigue
- Faster recovery after exercise
- Increase in the body’s brown fat
- Increased immunity
- Enhanced cognitive function
- Toughen you up making you hard as nails
If the benefits listed above are not enough, you’re thinking that you don’t want to take cold showers and want to stick to the luxury of hot showers, or you’re a little fearful of taking cold showers, then all I can say is; get over it, we tend to have too many luxuries these days so it will do people good to be a bit uncomfortable from time to time (sorry if you were expecting a nicer way of putting that*).
On the other end of the scale, be a bit careful and don’t just throw yourself under an ice cold shower for too long without gradually building up. I made this mistake and couldn’t stop shivering a couple of weeks back after a 10 minute cold shower. A little shiver is healthy for a short period of time after the shower, but it shouldn’t last too long and shouldn’t have you reaching for the thick woolly jumper your aunty knitted for you, about an hour afterwards, like it did to me.
Also, most showers have a separate hot and cold setting, turning the shower down cold on the hot setting may feel cold compared to your usual shower, however, turning the dial down to cold and having the shower on the cold setting will provide a colder blast which is what I would recommend to get the full benefits.
So to start with try this method and see how it feels:
Have your hot shower as normal, with a 30 seconds burst of cold in the middle.
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*I’m not really sorry, some people are just a little sensitive aren’t they.