The Benefits of Cold Showers – Why You Should Shower Ice Cold (animated)

Back in the day, hot water was a luxury. People had to live near hot springs in order
to enjoy a hot bath, so for most of human history we bathed in cold water. But even when the Ancient Greeks developed
heating systems for their baths, they continued bathing in cold water for the health benefits. You’ve most likely been taking warm showers
for your entire life and there’s nothing wrong with that. However today I’m going to tell you about
the benefits of switching from warm to cold. And at the end of the video I’ll explain the
best way to do it.Ok, so why take cold showers in the first place? Believe me when I say this, but if there were
no advantages, then I would’t take them.I don’t love taking them, but I love the benefits
they give me.So the first benefit is;energy and alertnessObviously, an ice cold shower
is going to wake you up. If you have trouble getting up for the day,
cold shower is a good cure for your sleepy morning. A change in body temperature sends your body
into a slight state of shock, which instantly boosts your alertness and the feeling of being
awake.The freezing water is going to get your heart pounding, lungs pumping and eyes wide
open.When you get hit by the cold water, it forces you to start breathing more deeply
and you’ll get more oxygen in to your body. It’s like entering a meditative state.Your
heart rate will also increase and it’s going to feel like drinking a cup of coffee. You’ll have extra energy to be more productive
and tackle the rest of the day.Second benefit is that it canboost your willpowerBy doing
something you are resistant to doing, you make your willpower stronger. Kind of like a muscle. To make a muscle bigger and stronger you have
to push yourself to move more weight than the last time. Willpower works the same way. By exposing yourself to something that takes
some serious self discipline, you start building that willpower muscle.And one of the best
ways to build it, is to do something as hard as taking a cold shower. By building willpower in one area of your
life you will end up having more mental strength overall. That means if you build enough self-discipline
to take a cold shower every day, you will have more self discipline to hit the gym,
quit smoking and overall make better life decisions.Imagine a cold shower as an obstacle
you have to overcome every day. By getting over that initial obstacle, every
other obstacle becomes easier to overcome.The third benefit is thatit improves circulation.If
you’re not motivated by feeling better or doing better, then at least be motivated by
becoming healthier.Good blood circulation is vital for overall cardiovascular health. It also speeds up recovery time from demanding
exercises and work. When the cold water hits your body, your arteries
pump blood more efficiently, therefore boosting your overall heart health.Alternating between
hot and cold water also works.Cold water causes your blood to move to your organs to keep
them warm. Warm water reverses the effect by causing
the blood to move towards the surface of the skin. Thus improving circulation.What’s more interesting
is that in one study they found that even 30 seconds of cold water exposure can improve
your immune system. The participants of the study who took cold
showers for 30 seconds or more, were less likely to get sick.So not only do cold showers
improve circulation, they also make you more immune to diseases. Now, if I have you convinced with the benefits,
let’s take a look at how to actually take a cold shower. If you’ve spent most of your life showering
with warm water, suddenly going cold, can be a pretty big shock for your body. You don’t want to start off too cold right
away, as this can come be a big surprise for your immune system, and it might actually
make you sick. My suggestion is to gradually decrease the
temperature of the water, so your body can slowly adapt. So you don’t have to jump straight in to ice
cold. In fact, I start my showers warm. Over the course of about two minutes I steadily
approach my desired temperature. And by slowly changing from warm to cold,
I give my body enough time to adjust. So basically what you do is: you start your
shower with warm water. Enjoy yourself. Then make it slightly colder. After a few seconds you’ll get used to it
and then you can go even colder. Keep on making it cold until you reach a temperature
you can handle for about 30 seconds. It doesn’t have to be ice cold, just cold. So here’s your experiment. I challenge you to take a cold shower tomorrow
morning for just 30 seconds and see how it makes you feel. Actually, how about about we make it a 7 day
challenge? Remember the first cold shower is the hardest
one. Every single day you do it, it gets easier. You just have to condition your body to get
used to the cold, just like with any other training. For example, Wim Hof aka “The Iceman”, can
stay in an ice bath for 2 hours without freezing. He also holds many other world records, such
as climbing the highest mountains in the world, in only his shorts. So even if the cold showers don’t make you
the next Wim Hof, you should still experiment with them and see how they make you feel. Do they make you more energized? Or do you feel like they do nothing for you? Let me know in the comments below. And together we’ll become better than yesterday.

16 thoughts on “The Benefits of Cold Showers – Why You Should Shower Ice Cold (animated)

  1. I started taking cold showers recently and I find it makes me more alert and gives me energy!

  2. I've been doing something similar for about 3 months now, I take my usual warm/hot shower every day and at the end of the session I just switch to as cold as possible and wash my entire body except head for about 30~45 seconds. I found that this method works best for me. So if you're unwilling to try the method mentioned in the video this might help.

  3. I have a question. I always take a shower with cold water almost every morning as I'm from South East Asia. Problem is, I take a shower in the bathroom for about 20 minutes everyday so my parents are worried if I could get a fever or a disease over the long run. Question is, how many minutes should I take a shower?

  4. Does it matter if you start hot and end cold?

    Or is it just 30 seconds of cold that does the trick?

    I jump in a cold pool and then have a hot shower. Does that negate the benefit?

  5. My hot water heater broke and I took cold showers for weeks. This information is really true, especially the willpower boost.

  6. Cool video. The lower number of viewers than your other videos can only be explained, that the mere idea of taking cold showers instead of hot/warm ones must have scarred them away πŸ˜‰

  7. I live in Australia (Western Australia) and in summer can get pretty hot in here (40C+). I started taking cold showers during the summer time to keep cool and I quite like them πŸ™‚

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