How long has it been since you’ve actually savoured the chance of getting off the couch and pumping your limbs around? We’ve all gone through spells where exercise felt like an entrenched part of the routine. It’s great, and lifts your performance to the point where there’s not much you can do wrong. The problem is that the fix is temporary, and rarely lasts for longer than a few weeks. Soon enough you’re back at the usual grind.
Taking a plunge into brisky waters might seem like a step into the unknown, but when you think about it, it’s a natural phenomenon. If you were out in the wilderness, what would your chances be of finding a steaming hot water for hosing down?
And cold showers are getting an increasing amount of positive press in the scientific community. A study took 3,000 participants through three months of following their regular warm showers with a 30-90 seconds of the cold treatment.
These individuals self-reported a 29% reduction in sick leave. When the study wrapped up, two thirds of them opted to continue with the routine, despite the obvious discomfort. Whether it’s the increased energy, lowered stress, there’s a solid chance you’ll start enjoying yourself once you get past the initial hyperventilations.
So if you decide to give cold showers a go, ease into it. Start warm, and turn it down right at the end.
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