The benefits of a cold shower, or other cold exposure, are many. From an optimised immune system, energising impact, mental wellbeing and an almost euphoric feeling, to to conditioning the micro-vasculature in your extremities and 'taking an unnecessary load' off your heart, we should not be afraid of the cold.
It is quite a daunting thought for many, though.
If you’ve wanted to try a cold shower because of all the incredible physical and wellbeing benefits, but haven’t yet, give this a go.
If you find it too quick a process, stay at any ‘day’ for a little longer. E.g. do day 1 for 2 days in a row, etc. Go all the way though...#FullyIn.
Start with a normal warm shower and then...
Day 1 - Take a deep breath in and, letting it out slowly, reduce the hot water by half and stay in for 30 seconds if you can. Keep breathing easily and slowly...
Day 2 - Do as you did on Day 1, but then reduce the hot water by half again and stay in for an extra 15 seconds
Day 3 - Repeat Day 2
Day 4 - Do as you did on Day 3, but reduce the hot water by half again and stay in for an extra 15 seconds SO THAT's A MINUTE
Day 5 - Go straight to your coldest temperature from Day 3 for 45 seconds, then reduce hot water by half (or completely), as on Day 4, for 15 seconds
From then, gradually increase the duration of the shower on full cold.