Why you should take the 30 day Cold Shower challenge? Because it's have a lot of benefits that will blow your minds. Take a 5 minute cold shower every day for a whole month. It is ideal to do this first in the morning. Turn your shower to its coldest setting, get in and stay there for 3-5 minutes. Use Wim Hof Method breathing techniques. While standing in a comfortable place, take 30 quick, deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. Then, take a deep breath and exhale; hold until you need to breathe in. Inhale again, as deep as you can, and hold it for 10 seconds. Repeat as many times as you need and go to the cold shower.
It’s the simplest challenge ever, but it has so many health benefits!
Benefits of cold showers, reasons why taking cool showers is good for your health:
1. COLD SHOWERS BUILD STRONG WILL POWER
Doing something you are so resistant to, every single day, right when you wake up, takes a lot of mental strength. And overtime, this mental strength and discipline will become an automated habit that echos into every area of your life. So do it!
2. THEY IMPROVE EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE
Do you get flustered, anxious or pissed off easily? Cold showers can help. Seriously, cold showers train your nervous system to be more resilient to stress.
3. WEIGHT LOSS
Another way cold showers will make you look better, is by promoting fat loss.
Most people don’t know this, but there are two types of fat in your body. Brown fat & white fat. White fat is bad. It’s the body fat that we all hate so much. Brown fat is good. It’s function is to generate heat and keep your body warm.
When you take a cold shower, brown fat is activated, resulting in an increase in energy and calories burned to keep your body warm. So much so that according to this study, cold temperatures can increase brown fat by 15X the normal amount, which can result in 9 pounds of weight loss per year.
4. THEY’LL IMPROVE YOUR SKIN & HAIR
If your not motivated by feeling better, then be motivated by looking better. One of the best ways to improve your skin (and hair) is by taking cold showers. Plus it’s free!
5. INCREASE TESTOSTERONE
One study by the Thrombosis Research Institute in England has shown that cold water increases testosterone levels and fertility.
6. IMPROVE CIRCULATION
Cold showers improve circulation by means of sending blood down to your organs to keep them warm. This stimulation of the circulatory system is great for your overall cardiovascular health.
7. COLD SHOWERS IMPROVE IMMUNITY
A study from England showed that taking regular cold showers increases the amount of disease fighting white blood cells, compared to that of those who take regular hot showers. The hypothesis was that the boys attempted to warm it’s self during the cold shower, resulting in an increase in the metabolic speed rate and activation of the immune system. This then leads to the release of more white blood cells.
8. LYMPHATIC SYSTEM
An additional, yet crucial, part of the body that is affected by cold showers is the lymphatic system. What the lymphatic system does is help carry out waste from your cells. This is key in defending your body from unwanted infections. And when the lymphatic system is blocked, it will show up in symptoms such as frequent colds, infections and joint pain.
9. MUSCLE RECOVERY
If you’re an athlete than you know that taking an ice bath after intense training is one of the best things you can do to recover faster. But you don’t need a high tech training facility with cold water submersibles to be able to achieve these benefits. Just take a cold shower. Although it won’t be as effective as a fully submersed ice bath, it will improve circulation, and help remove some lactic acid. Try alternating between very hot and very cold to let the blood come and go to the surface. Your muscles will thank you.
10. RELIEVE DEPRESSION
Cold showers stimulate what is known as “the blue spot,” which is the brains primary source of noradrenaline – a chemical which plays a role in alleviating depression. Plus the mild electroshock delivered to the brain by the cold shower sends an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which could result in an anti-depressive effect. There is a high density of cold receptors in the skin, much more than there are for registering warmth.
11. IMPROVES SLEEP
Reduced body temperature invokes sleep.
12. ENERGIZED BREATHING
Step into a cold shower and the first thing you are going to do is take a big deep breath. After that you will start panting and moving, your breathing will become deep and erratic. You get a massive boost of energy from that increased breathing that cold shower forces you to do. The boost of energy can be a good alternative for a morning coffee that will kick your physiology into another gear.