Taking a cold shower every day can improve your health. And I want to show you how you can do it easily. All right, we’ve talked about cold exposure and the potential health benefits several times, which has a lot of benefits to our bodies. Things like better circulation and heart health, better metabolism and fat loss, immune function, and lower bouts of depression and increased alertness, and just overall feeling better.
One of the easiest ways to do that, and you may have heard people talk about doing this every day is taking a cold shower. Now, I know we love our warm showers and we stay in for 10 or 15 minutes, sometimes it feels great. But you can get to where you enjoy cold showers just as much.
Now, there’s a lot of different ways to do this, you can just turn the water to cold from the very beginning and get started. If you’ve never done it before, I’ll tell you, that’s probably not the most fun way to do it. So there are two ways that I would suggest if you want to start giving this a try.
How to take a cold shower?
The first method
- The first thing I would suggest would be to turn the water on to warm as you normally do and start taking your shower.
- By strong washing your hair, you might start washing your body, washing your face, do all the things involved with a normal shower, then you’re going to turn the water to cold.
- Before you turn the water to cold, I would suggest at this point if you’ve done all your cleaning and everything you’re going to do then take you to know a few seconds, maybe 15 seconds, maybe 30 seconds, and start breathing slowly and getting your deeply getting your breathing regular.
- Start with some slow, deep breathing to kind of get the air moving through your lungs. to open up, the blood vessels in your body before you turn it to cold can be a good way to get started. So again, maybe 15-30 seconds, then set a timer for one minute.
- Turn the water to cold. And now you again, continue that, as best you can slow deep breathing. Now that cold water is all of a sudden the shock to the system.
It may increase your breathing at first, but work to get it slow again, you know, so that almost pain that you have from the cold exposure, you gradually get used to it. And then you go for a minute. And then I would argue then just turn off the water and get out of the shower.
If you say all right, I’m going to turn the water back to cold for a second. Maybe you do that at first, but try to get to where you’re just doing the cold water and then you get out of the shower. Now, I will tell you to expect taking a cold shower, even if it’s just a minute in the end to wake you up. I would argue that it’s better than coffee in that respect, especially first thing in the morning.
The second method
Okay, there’s another way you can do it. And I think this works. This is what I do. Once you’ve started getting used to the cold shower, maybe you do a minute like I just described at the end of your shower, then you increase it a minute and a half, two minutes, things like that. Then I would reverse it and get to where the majority of your shower is cold.
- So again, we’re going to turn on the water to warm water just for a few seconds to kind of get us used to the warm water, get it all over our body and then turn it to cold.
- You’re doing your slow deep breathing and this is when you wash your hair, wash your face, wash your body. And again, however long that takes you to go through your normal cleaning, then the rest of that is cold. When you get through all that you turn off the water and get out.
Cold shower would give you a better day
Again, I think it’s terrific as a way to wake up. I think it does well. But I tell you, if you do this every day, it’s hard to know, you know, without tests of white blood cells and things like that, is it increasing my immune function? I can’t tell you for sure, personally that I’ve seen a huge fat loss, you know because I eat healthily and do several other things.
So it may not just be the cold showers, but I will tell you that in the morning. I do feel more alert, more enthusiastic, more energetic than I was with my regular warm showers. Try it out and see how it goes for you.