After a week of Cold Showers….

So a week of cold showers, or rather, 3 minutes a day of cold water.  Yep, I did it.  Though, it should be known that this all went down in early August.

As a refresher, after reading some articles on the health benefits of cold showers, I decided to try it for a week.  My technique was to start my showers warm, not hot, and turn them down, so as to have 3-5 minutes of cool water.  I never ran them straight cold – just cool.

What did I find?

Well, for starters, I didn’t hate it.  But it was also August….I could see cold showers being utterly unfathomable once the icy Portland rain returns.  Yes, I rocked some goose bumps, but cold water sure gives caffeine a run for its money in the energy department.   I definitely felt more alert and energetic that week.   Not leap-a-building energetic, but generally a bit brighter.  I also found that I was much warmer throughout the day after taking a cold shower.  Dousing yourself in cold water stimulates thermogenesis – the process of building internal heat.  I’ll be curious to see if there is a significant difference this winter.  As far as skin and hair goes, I didn’t notice any radical changes….or perhaps my internal glow superseded any outward differences.

Since my official experiment week, I’ve maintained the cold shower ritual probably 70%  of the time, and will continue to do so.  I have certainly acclimated to the temperature change, and can handle longer periods of cooler water.

All in all, I’d say a week of cold showers was a worthy trial – certainly no negative effects, and be it coincidence or not, I was happy and alert all week.


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