If you’re like the rest of us, we prefer to take long hot baths specially during the colder months and particularly because of the colder mornings. Just because the Holidays are over doesn’t mean we’ll quit on using the hot tub and what we’d give to have a hot bath all day long.
So hot baths are pretty good, right? Well, it might sound crazy but the real deal is when we shower with cold water. Yes, as much as I want to say it’s a joke it’s not. Taking cold showers is actually one of the best things you can do for your health specially when you do it in the morning.
Don’t believe us? Don’t worry, we didn’t believe it too but then science proved it to be one of the best scientific breakthroughs in recent years. Let me tell you some of the benefits:
Benefits of cold showers
1. Wakes You Up Good!
It’s no secret that a blast of ice-cold water first thing in the morning isn’t exactly calming and soothing. But what you do afterwards actually makes it a good thing.
You see, the deep breathing in response to our body’s shock helps us keep warm, as it’s increases our overall oxygen intake. Thus, our heart rate will also increase, releasing a rush of blood through our entire body. This gives us a natural dose of energy for the day.
So shiver as much as you can. It’s good for you.
2. Revs Up Your Fat Burning Engine
Here’s a new trend to break the way we think of fat burning. There’s such a thing called “Cold Thermogenesis” and involves taking a long soaking under ice-cold water. It sounds like some World War torture, right? It’s torture alright, for your fat.
Brown adipose tissue, or BAT, is primarily found around your collar bones, sternum, neck, and upper back. It is a unique kind of fat that can generate heat by burning the regular white fat (adipose tissue) found on a your stomach, butt, hips, and legs.
BAT is usually activated when exposed to extreme cold temperatures and nothing is colder than directly exposing your body to ice-cold water.
We’re not messing with you. A 2013 study found that frequent exposure to the cold might be an acceptable and economic manner to increase energy expenditure and may contribute to counteracting the current obesity epidemic.
3. Boosts Muscle Recovery
You know big athletes always have ice packs all over their body after a rough game? Or how when a player’s down, they ice his injured muscles? That’s the same thing with cold showers specially after a hard day at the gym.
In fact, this 2010 study says cold compression is a superior form of recovery to alternative treatments.
4. Improves Our Immune System
Cold water can improve circulation by encouraging blood to surround our organs, which can then help combat some problems of the skin and heart. As cold water hits the body, it’s ability to get blood circulating leads the arteries to more efficiently pump blood, therefore boosting our overall heart health.
5. Makes You Start Your Day With A Smile On Your Face!
If you ever feel down or just not in the best state of your life, consider splashing ice-cold water all over your body. No really, do it. This 2008 study considers cold showers as potential treatment for depression.
Due to the high density of cold receptors in the skin, a cold shower is expected to send an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which could result in an anti-depressive effect.
Tips on How to Build the Habit of Cold Showering
We know committing to cold showers is as difficult to committing to your new year’s resolutions but this is a really awesome biohack and it’s pretty cheap too specially when you consider the alternative ways of getting these benefits.
Here are 3 easy tips to help you literally embrace the cold.
1. Think of all the benefits you read just now
Seriously, look at what a 10-minute cold shower can do for your body. You’ll feel energized, your body will go into a faster fat-burning mode, and you’ll feel happier. There are a lot of more troublesome and costly ways to get one of those perks and a cold shower gives them to you in one blast.
2. Convince yourself that real men aren’t afraid of cold showers
Time to separate the men from the boys! You got the muscle, the looks, and maybe even the girth (maybe) but you’re nothing if you scream like some 10-year old kid at a drop of cold water.
Don’t be a sissy and think you NEED hot water to start your day. No, you deserve a hot bath BEFORE you sleep but not before you start your day. Earn that hot bath at night by emerging victorious after an icy-beating.
3. Think of how smooth you would be with the ladies
If I was a girl and I found out this average Joe takes ice cold showers every morning like it was an ordinary routine, I’d be interested immediately. Like, no ordinary guy would do something crazy like this but we’re not ordinary now are we?