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 As far as skin and hair goes, I didn’t notice any radical changes….or perhaps my internal glow superseded any outward differences.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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