After reading the headline and then seeing the photo, I bet you’re wondering what I’m talking about…or maybe you already have an idea.
We’ll get to what it is, shortly. First, I want to give you some benefits.
1. Improved blood circulation
2. Healthier hair and skin
3. Body detoxification
4. Increased energy
5. Better mood and motivation
6. Better sleep
7. Increased metabolism
8. Better blood pressure regulation
9. Improved immune system
These are just handful of the many benefits of this activity. At this point, if you don’t already know, you have to at least be intrigued.
Take a guess. Give up?
Cold showers. Yes, that’s right. I said COLD SHOWERS.
Wait, don’t go, keep reading! The other day I was on one of my favorite websites for motivation and various forms of asskickery, Impossible HQ and I came across a post about cold showers and their benefits. Joel Runyon, the founder of the site, swears by them.
I watched a TedXTalk he made about them which focused on another benefit of them, psychological.
He used them as a metaphor for life. Sure, cold showers suck at first especially when you first jump in but after a minute or two, you’re all right and guess what? You didn’t die. And with each passing day, it gets a little easier. Those same principles apply to pretty much any scary situation in life. If you’re scared, just dive in, endure the discomfort until it becomes comfort.
After watching, I was convinced that I would give it a try for 30 days.
Today marks Day 4. It’s true that each day gets a little easier but it’s still not easy and I still approach each shower with a bit of apprehension. I immediately noticed the changes in mood and energy level especially immediately after. The rest remains to be seen (or felt) because I’m not even a week in yet but I can definitely say I’m in it for the 30 days and already feeling like I can accomplish anything.
Are you willing to take on the challenge?