Sounds like torture, right? Icy water blasting on your cozy warm skin right outta bed. At first, this thought used to creep me out. I heard about cold showers and their popularity a few years ago, attempted it twice and never did it again. At that point in my life, I just didn’t have enough temperance to do something so drastic from the norm. But, recently the more I strive to change my physique and health, the more cold showers found their way back into my routine.
I’m a huge proponent of practice what you preach, so I will admit that cold showers don’t feel good: at first, for about 30-60 seconds. After that much time your body should adjust,* and it should feel similar to a very cool swim in a pool. A little longer and it isn’t bad at all anymore. Once you exit the shower, you should start to feel some of the positive effects right away, such as an increase in body temperature, but they don’t stop there.
Yes that channel is called the Art of Manliness and it is fantastic by the way. But ladies, don’t leave the page just yet. Many of the benefits listed in the video apply to women as well, such as decreases in depression and more alertness throughout the day. This latter benefit may reduce dependence on some of those expensive sugar-laden cups of coffee if you’re no longer feeling sluggish.
There are more benefits women can enjoy from cold showers, such as shinier hair and better looking skin. Warm water dries out hair follicles, while cold water flattens them and helps lock in moisture. For better skin, wash with warm water then switch to cold. This tightens the pores and reduces redness. Also, cold showers help drain the lymphatic system. The lymph nodes help rid the body of toxins and when they get clogged, it can result in extra colds, infections, and other problems. Because lymph nodes rely on muscle contraction for pumping out its contents exercise plus cold showers helps them contract to rid the body of harmful material.
The benefits to a cold shower are almost endless, but for some people in various conditions or situations in life, it may be better to hold off or to use a different hot-cold showering method. People with poor circulation or anemia should be careful with cold showers. As I mentioned above, the increased blood flow should be enough to warm the body upon exiting the shower. If you are still cold longer after the shower is done, it may be safer to stick with lukewarm showers, or try starting warm and ending cold. Another method is to alternate hot-cold, hot-cold in order to harness some benefits of cold water bathing. There are many more conditions people may be in for which a cold shower would not be ideal, such as after a vigorous workout in which the warm first and cold last method should be followed to avoid cramping.
All in all the cold shower is a home care tool with numerous benefits and almost no cost. They could even reduce cost because you are not gonna take a nice, long cold shower. It’s just not gonna happen. Ease into it otherwise you may scare or infuriate your roommates. Or if you’re loved ones are like mine, you will give them a good laugh hearing “Dada” shout upon entering a cold shower.