That is precisely how I feel about being COLD.
Cold weather? No thanks. I’ll chase the summer sun as much as I possibly can.
Cold water? I’ll pass on that too.
And what is up with the arctic condition of most airports? A few hours in a terminal and I’m borderline hypothermic.
Now that I’ve painted a clear picture of just how much I shy away the COLD… the last thing that I thought I would ever do is WILLINGLY take a cold shower.
So why stand under an icy stream of frigid water and feign off frosty feelings?
To boost my health of course!
5 Ways Cold Showers Can Improve Your Health Today
1. Enhances Your Alertness
-Helps increase overall oxygen intake.
-Increases your heart rate and blood flow.
-Gives you a natural energy boost!
2. Go on… get HAPPY!
-The intensity of cold water on your skin sends a huge amount of electrical impulses to your brain, which lifts your mood.
-Has an antidepressant effect when cold showers (hydrotherapy) are used regularly.
-Acts as an all natural pick-me-up!
3. Supports Your Immune System
-Cold water gets your blood circulating to all of your organs, and can improve your overall health.
-Helps lower blood pressure.
-Clears blocked arteries.
4. Flawless Skin and Hair
-Cold water tightens cuticles and pores, preventing them from getting clogged and inflamed.
-Helps create a barrier on your scalp and skin to prevent dirt from building up.
-Hot water dries your skin out… so always end with a blast of cold water to enhance your skin!
5. Helps Heal and Recover
-Ice baths and cold showers have been used by athletes for many years to aid in a speedy recovery.
-Relieves muscle soreness.
How to Survive a Cold Shower
Want to make the most of a cold shower without freezing your buns off? A simple method is to alternate from hot to cold, which is known as Hot and Cold Therapy or the Contrast Shower:
- Stand under hot water for 3 minutes.
- Turn the shower to COLD and stand under the water for 1 minute.
- Repeat this cycle 3 to 4 times.
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Author Bio: Lindsay Sibson
Lindsay turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plane in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging, and "figuring it out" step by step.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to unleash their adventurous spirit, discover a world of possibilities, and design life in their own unique way. Follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/traveloholic).