Happy new year! I hope you enjoyed the festive season. New year, new beginnings! I have a challenge for you.
COLD SHOWERS. “Are you crazy?” You ask. Maybe, but doing things out of the comfort zone is so invigorating and addictive. I even started doing cold showers 6 months ago… yes, in the middle of winter! And it was great! Why would I even consider doing such a thing to myself? Why not enjoy my nice, long hot showers in the middle of winter? Firstly, I was inspired by the amazing Tony Robbins who plunges into a cold pool every day to start the day. He encouraged me to wonder, am I in control of my body, or is my body in control of me? If we just stick to what’s comfortable for our whole lives, then we will never transcend to higher limits in order to achieve what we want to in life.
If that’s not enough motivation for you, here are even more benefits of cold showers:
- Better for the hair
- Better for the skin
- Aids with fat loss
- Speeds up recovery from aches and pains
- Eases depression
- Energises you for the day
- Improves alertness
- Improves your immunity
- Increased self control or willpower
So you can jump straight into cold water if you like, but here is how I eased into it, and I encourage you to try this too.
Day 1: regular hot shower, then change it to cold for 10 seconds.
Day 2: increase cold to 15 seconds
Day 3: increase cold to 20 seconds
Day 4: increase cold to 30 seconds.
Day 5-7: continue with 30 seconds.
Day 8: reduce time in hot shower, and increase cold to 1 minute
Day 9 onwwards: continue reducing time in hot shower, and continue increasing cold until you are having a full cold shower.
- Before the cold starts, push the fear aside. Get excited! I used to yell “Yes, yes, yes, yes!!!” And this got me through it.
- Count down out loud, and LOUDLY. For me, the volume of my voice drowned out the voice in my head that told me it was too cold.
- If you are sick or feel you are coming down with something, please don’t do the cold!
After the cold shower, contrary to what you might expect, you won’t feel cold. Even in winter, I felt very warm after. Your blood vessels constrict during the shower, and then open up again after, warming the body up.
There are almost 2 months left of summer, so here’s my challenge for you:
Cold showers every day for the rest of summer. Use the guideline above. You’ll notice that once you get to 30 seconds, you’ll feel that you can do as long as you like. And after a few days, your body just gets conditioned to it.
Let me know the changes you experience and note any of the benefits above. I’m excited to find out!
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