The Benefits Of Cold Showers - A Habit Every Man Should Implement
Please note: The following is a guest post I did for ReturnOfKings.com, the original article is here.
I attribute cold showers to many of my successes in life. The uncomfortable act of forcing your body to withstand the freezing cold temperature of the water gushing out of your shower as the faucet is turned as far to the ‘cold’ side as possible is not only invigorating, but also provides many health and well-being benefits for men.
Most men are unaware of the benefits of cold showers and miss out on an EASY way to improve their life!
A few years ago the only time I’d experienced the uncomfortable feeling of a cold shower was when our hot water system was not functioning, however today it is a habit I perform daily.
After you finish reading this post I challenge you to take a cold shower… no excuses, no bullshit. It’ll change your life. Let’s take a look at some of those benefits of cold showering that I alluded to earlier:
Improved Hair & Skin
Warm showers, although enjoyable and relaxing, offer no tangible benefits to our hair and skin—unlike cold showers. The cold water from your shower will result in the tightening of pores and cuticles, which aids in detoxification (as bad toxins are essentially squeezed of out your skin during this process). During a cold shower our hair cuticles are also closed, resulting in stronger hair.
With an increase in testosterone levels, cold showers can turn you from a weak little boy into a man. In 1993 a study was conducted by the Thrombosis Research Institution of England which identified a correlation between individuals who take cold showers regularly and higher testosterone levels.
Although this rise in testosterone may not equate to instant increases in lean muscle mass, I can certainly attest to cold showers increasing both libido and overall energy levels.
Aids Post Exercise Recovery
Exposure to cold water and ice are known to reduce soreness and increase muscular recovery after strenuous exercise. This is why many elite athletes take ice baths. The logistics and process of setting up an ice bath is a handful—instead opting to take a more convenient cold shower will provide a similar boost in the recovery process after exercise.
Relief of Depression
The Department of Radiation Oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine performed a study that suggests regular cold showers assist in battling depression. The “blue spot” of the brain is said to be stimulated by cold water therapy. This is due to noradrenaline, a chemical in the brain that has been linked to the mitigation of depression.
Increase in Discipline
There is no greater discipline-builder than the cold shower. Our body can withstand the cold water without a problem, but the mind will quickly want to abort and get you out of there. If you start your day with a 3-5 minute cold shower, I guarantee you that you will not be making excuses or delaying other tasks you have been avoiding undertaking. Instead, you’ll be setting the tone for a successful day.
Insane Levels of Energy & Invigoration
After stepping out of the shower you’ll feel like you’ve just ingested a double-shot espresso. Regardless of how lethargic you’re feeling in the morning, the moment that ice cold water hits your skin your heart and breathing while dramatically increase. As your body attempts to adapt to the situation at hand you’re left feeling completely energized.
Don’t take things to the extreme right off the starting line. If you’re jumping straight into an ice bath or a 10-minute freezing cold shower, I suspect you’ll become overwhelmed and disregard the whole cold showering ideology. Instead, I challenge you to slowly start to turn that faucet in your shower further towards the cold side. Alternatively you can jump straight into contrast showering – alternating between hot and cold water for 20 second intervals to condition yourself.
Yes, initially you’ll squirm, whimper, and experience erratic breathing, but after a few weeks of consistent cold showers they’ll begin to become relaxing, invigorating, and will leave you in a zen-like state.