The Health Benefits of Cold Showers

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Cold Showers.

They sound terrifying if you’ve never done one. They sound amazing if you’re a veteran.

I talk a lot about cold showers around here. I’ve used them to get in shape, start a blog, and launch a business. They’ve got a ton of benefits: clarity of mind and fearlessness, to name a few. In the past I’ve focused specifically on the mental and psychological aspects of cold showers but, as it turns out, there are quite a few actual scientifically studied health benefits of cold showers as well.

There seems to be quite a bit of misinformation and folklore around cold showers, so I’ve tried to comb through and sort out the scientifically backed evidence from the urban legends. For more information, see the sources below.

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The Health Benefits of Cold Showers

Better Immune System

There are countless studies which show that cold exposure improves your immunity.

Cold water immersion has been shown to  increase metabolic rates due to shivering and the immune system being activated. Experiment participants who participated in 6 weeks of immersions benefited from an increase in plasma concentration, as well as T helper cells and lymphocytes.

In Sweden, it’s common practice to let small babies take naps outdoors in the cold. These babies have not only been shown to be more resistant to diseases, but they also seem to sleep deeper and more soundly.

(Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21537988 & http://herkules.oulu.fi/isbn9789514296673/isbn9789514296673.pdf.)

In Siberia, they take it one step further and dump a whole bucket of cold water over children’s heads, in a ritual called Rodnichok or cold springs. They do this year-round for ages 2-6. Again, this is in Siberia. These kids are tough. It’s shown that about 95% of the kids who participate are healthy through the flu season as opposed to 75% of the those children in groups that don’t participate.

Lesson learned: if you want to be healthy, stick to the cold setting on your shower!

Fat Loss

When your body is exposed to cold, it requires more heat to warm you up. To do so, it has to process more energy and, in doing so, helps you burn more fat, more efficiently. It can also activate “brown fat”, which is a sort of good fat that helps generate heat, increase your metabolism and burn fat.

Better Circulation

Cold water exposure over time is shown to improve circulation. Since cold exposure causes your blood flow to be redirected to your vital organs, it forces your body to circulate your blood more efficiently and effectively.

Temperature Regulation

Regular cold showers help limit heat loss, decrease core body temperature and regulate overall body temperature.

Relief From Symptoms ofDepression

Cold showers have been shown to help relieve depression symptoms. Due to the high density of cold receptors in the skin, a cold shower is expected to send an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which can result in an anti-depressive effect. So, if you need a pick-me-up, jump in the shower and turn it to the blast setting.

(source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17993252)

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Healthy Skin & Hair (not dried out)

Cold water helps “close” pores. This keeps your skin looking smooth and healthy while not drying your skin out as hot water showers can do.  The cold water helps keep your hair shiny and your skin soft, rather than itchy, ashy and dried out.

Testosterone Increase

A 1993 study done by the Thrombosis Research Institute in England showed that cold baths correlate with high testosterone levels. We don’t have the direct link, but try it for yourself and see. We promise that, after spending 5-10 minutes in the freezing cold water, you’ll at least feel like more of a man.

Fertility Increase

As you can imagine, an increase in testosterone can lead to an increase in fertility. Hot baths and showers drastically decrease sperm count. So, if you’re looking to pop out a few mini-mes, and want to give your little swimmers a fighting chance, make sure to turn your water to cold.

Energy Increase

Besides the fact that there’s nothing quite like ice cold water to wake you up out of a daze, cold showers can actually boost your energy levels. When you jump into a cold shower, the nerve endings on your skin stand up because of the ice world you just entered. You heart starts racing and you start breathing rapidly as your body adjusts. That’s a response that the best cup of coffee in the world can’t match.

Lymphatic Movement

The lymphatic system takes waste away from your cells to help fight disease. It’s separate from your blood vessels, but is moved around by the contraction of your muscles. Cold showers cause your entire body to contract and this forces the lymphatic system to push the lymph fluids throughout your body so that they don’t pool in one part of your body as they would if the lymphatic system were compromised or inefficient.

Inflammation Decrease

Ice baths have long been used by elite athletes to help decrease inflammation after a workout. They work to help alleviate DOMS by constricting the veins throughout your body and thereby removing toxins from your blood. When you get out, your system is flushed with fresh, nutrient-rich blood that can help repair muscles and tendons.

Breathing

Cold showers can force you to breathe deeper by forcing you to momentarily pause and hold your breath as a sort of automatic reflex when the cold water hits. This helps open up the lungs (just like physical exercise does) and helps bring in more oxygen.

Better Sleep

Remember the sleeping babies from earlier? Well, they’re not the only ones sleeping better at night thanks to the cold. Insomniacs are advised to take cold showers to aid their sleep. This might be because the feeling you get after the initial shock of the shower helps your body calm down and relax.

Personal note: I’ve noticed that I sleep better and deeper when I’m taking cold showers than when I’m not.

Tolerance To Stress

In general, cold exposure gives your body a higher tolerance to stress. Over time, this leads to the strengthening and hardening of your body and immune system (as we talked about earlier).

Cold showers have also been used to reduce chronic pain, body aches and inflammation, improve hair health and kidney function, regulate the nervous system, deepen your breathing, and help fight fatigue and improve quality of sleep. Whew!

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Additional Benefits

One of the main benefits is the ability to subject the body to a certain level of stress in a controlled environment. By doing this, you teach your body to adapt to the stressors and become stronger. Whether it’s respiratory, circulatory or simple temperature regulation, you’ll find your body strengthening and hardening to these small stressors.

Of course, these are just the physical health benefits of cold shower therapy. I personally think the mental health benefits and the psychology of taking cold showers are worth it alone. There’s a whole suite of reasons why taking freezing cold showers might be the next big healthy thing you start doing.

TLDR: Do it. It might just change your life. 

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Cold Shower Therapy Sources & References

For more on cold showers and their benefits, check out the links below.

  1. http://coldshowertherapy.com
  2. http://impossiblehq.com/cold-shower-therapy
  3. http://impossiblehq.com/cold-showers-bungee-jumping-common
  4. http://artofmanliness.com/2010/01/18/the-james-bond-shower-a-shot-of-cold-water-for-health-and-vitality/
  5. http://gettingstronger.org/2010/03/cold-showers/
  6. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/dear-mark-leptin-resets-cold-thermogenesis-and-safe-starches/#axzz2LHolcdPS
  7. http://gettingstronger.org/2012/01/the-iceman/
  8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8925815
  9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17993252
  10. Siberian Times

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Comments

  1. Veronica says

    I have done this for about a week and I already feel stress off my shoulders and better sleep, amazing next steep is strengthing and burning that fat.

  2. Jon says

    This is an awesome article! I’ve taken the thirty day challenge and am only two days in, but it feels great and allows me to focus better throughout the day. Warm water is for wimps!

  3. Joaquin says

    Great job man!!! i hope you still helping people . Its amazing , you are right, this can change your life !!! . Thanks from Argentina. !!!

  4. Rikard says

    I was interested in the article until I got to the part about babies sleeping outdoors in the cold in Sweden. I’m swedish and I can tell you that is totall bullshit. I have never heard about that. If people left their kids outside in the cold to sleep child protective services would come and take their babies straight away. Assuming the kid didn’t die from the cold.

        • Dani Eilertsen says

          I’m from Norway and letting babies and kids, up to three y.o sleep outside in winter is very common practice in all modern kindergardens.

          • Monty says

            Can confirm that too about Norway. I have actually never heard of a kindergarten which does not let the babies sleep outside!

            Modern kindergartens in Norway build special facilities for that too including security cameras!

            One more thing, now that my kids grow up.. they also play football matches in cold snow, rain, wind .. you name it (yes they are only 7 years old! :-)

    • Alexey says

      Hi!
      I’m from Siberia and have a rich experience of cold showering. I confirm every word in this article, all listed benefits are pure true.
      In Russia it is widespread practice to let baby nap outside, especially if it is a winter (baby is warmly dressed and under supervision of course).
      I had a long periods out of this healthy habit and I assume that life with cold shower is much brighter than without it! :)

      • Marius Pranskunas says

        I’m from Lithuania and we use to do cold shower (bucket of cold well water) as children. And it felt great, will take one week challenge now.

        • pawel says

          Im from Poland and have been doing it for 3 months. i feel 10 times better phisically and mentally. Cold shower forever ;)

    • Dan says

      The Swedish babies sleeping in the cold IS TRUE !! Just checked with a Swedish colleague. However he stressed this is not done in the middle of winter for obvious reasons. It is however a practice done in Sweden.

    • Beaver says

      We do let our babies sleep outside in Denmark…..also in daycares. When mine were small I too did that. It is also common here to sleep with our windows open no matter what the temperature is outside.

    • Melissa Calder says

      I am a nanny in Nelson, BC, Canada and I leave babies outside in the cold for their naps, because I noticed that they sleep longer and deeper than bringing them inside. They are in blankets, of course, in their strollers. :)

  5. brian shaughnessy says

    I just took my first cold shower, that was painful, but I must admit I feel very good right now, I have committed myself to the 30 day challenge.
    I’m glad I came across this website, keep up the good work

  6. Mark Eichenlaub says

    Joel, I love the comment about stress reduction. Once you stop letting cold water send you into a panic you can build a resistance to normal stressful situations during your day. You can distinguish the feeling and impose relaxation on it.

  7. Andrew says

    I read a similar article to this about a year and a half ago, and just as this article suggests, decided to commit to a 30 day challenge.
    Cold showers were definitely a stark change, but i was psyched on the idea and that seemed to outweigh the detraction of the cold.
    After the 30 days, i decided that i was on a roll and why not just continue, after all, i knew it would take longer than 30 days to start seeing any real physiological benefit.
    So now, its been a year and a half, and through the premise of ‘well i’m on a roll… i cant stop now’, i have continued everyday for that time. Not one warm shower.
    In summary, you get used to it -ish. The water is never comfortable, but its more familiar. The only time it really sucks is when its winter and you are sick, then the process is harder.
    Regarding the physiological benefits though, i would have to say iv seen none. My resistance to cold is still about the same, i still get the typical cold once or twice a year, and i didn’t see my skin or hair become healthier (if anything, you avoid washing your hair because it makes a cold shower that much less pleasant.)
    In the first month of the test i thought my resistance to cold was increasing, but i now believe that was because i was just still super pumped on the idea. Now that its lost that novelty factor, i think i can assess it more objectively.

    However, i did save energy and help the environment, so that’s always a plus!
    So end message: id encourage you to all try cold showers, and even enjoy one intermittent with warm showers during summer, but don’t think the health benefits will be drastic and apparent.

    Cheers all

  8. Eric says

    they forgot to mention the benefits of saving on water. when i take warm showers (especially after waking up), i’d spend almost 20 minutes at minimum because of its relaxing attributes. however, when i took cold showers, i spent no longer than 10 minutes. sometimes, my quickest showers took 5 minutes thus saving water!

    • gg says

      my electrical bill dropped im healthier , cleaner, and lost 14 pounds those devils want us sick,dried up and almost dead just alive enough to make money on us

    • Mansu says

      Yes Eric, I’m fully with you on that one, I too used to take 20 mins in the shower, and I wished many times to find some method to speed up but contantly failed until I discovered and mastered the cold water shower (or the Samurai shower as I like to call it ;) ). Now days I much rather the cold water method than the hot, because I’m easily down to less than 5 minutes, and as you mentioned, we can be happy to save water. But what I’ve found is that we also save wasting that burnt gas. I’m at the point where I’m ready to disconnect from gas supply altogeather as it seems pointless to pay standing charge while my meter is standing still and counting zero units used ;) . So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that if the word can be somhow widely spread of all the benefits both healthwise and saving money wise, then perhaps we might be able to oneday gather togeather enough budding Samurai to go into global battle to save an old climate from change ;)

  9. johnny bocchetti says

    1991 brought me to a cabin in the cascades, while I started taking cold showers after a long hike. Still taking them exclusively for some years. I love the lift it gives me in the morning and again after a long hike..

  10. Wesley Wong says

    Hey I’m 16 years old, and friends and I decided to try the 30 day challenge. I just took one and i was like ASDFJAFDKZVSDFJGJMK when the water hit me but after it was ok, felt good. I believe that this will be great for my body :D THAAAAAAANKS

  11. Cheryl Spencer says

    My fiance is always telling me about the benefits of cold showers. I usually have the same response: “I can’t tolerate cold that early in the morning!!” But after reading this article I am actually looking forward to experiencing the benefits. Excellent article. I plan to share the outcome as soon As I can. Thank you for this wonderful article!!

  12. Aaron says

    Great article and i love cold showers, but I’ve got to point out that the whole cold water closes pores thing is a myth. Pores don’t open and close based on temperature of air or water. People often think steam makes them open but in reality what it does is loosen up particles in the pores.

  13. Geraldo Franco says

    It’s incredible, but true. Local South districts gas systems had to be substituted, in 2002; we spent two/three days w/out water heating energy sources. No matter that, I went showering and came out another person! That stupid back pain which followed me for centuries went away — like magic! Call it thermic shock, whatever, now I take only cold showers, and feel quite diferent! Is it magic?

  14. Soraya says

    In the beginning I simply thought you were a bit crazy (which is true, but that’s fine). Then I have tried it myself…and, I can say, the feeling after a freaking cold shower is just too damn great! Now I take a cold shower twice a day.

    Cheers from The Netherlands!

    P.S. Also in the winters, though!? That will be an amazing challenge!

  15. Johnpaulfindlay says

    Heard about 30 day challenge and decided to give it a try.first few times pretty tough i always try and stay in for anywhere up to five minutes.I have always suffered with anxiety linked to having a mild stammer and have noticed a vast improvement in the way I feel about myself now.i have been taking cold showers for 6/7 months and would recommend it to anyone with issues with nerves or anxiety.by forcing ur body to go through stress on a daily basis other areas of ur life get seen less challenging.

  16. Paul says

    I enjoyed the article, thanks! I take cold showers more often than not, largely because I live on my sailboat and don’t have a water heater. There’s no question that I sleep better, have a brighter outlook and have more energy. Hot showers just make me feel dragged out.

  17. Trevor LaRene says

    Joel, THANK YOU for this challenge! It is awesome! On day 5 and fired up for the rest of the challenge and beyond!

    If anyone is curious, right now our water temp is 63F/17C.

    I am promoting the site to my students and on my blog.

  18. johnnyjewel says

    I started taking cold showers first because I read that rinsing with cold in shampooing would make my hair softer and more manageable (I admit to vanity w/ respect to my hair). Then I read a newspaper article about trials being done to see the effect on mood. According to the article, early results were published before the end of the trial because the positive effect was so apparent. When we camp, the showers are sometimes such that you have to have warm; I do not like this. In the winter, when the cities water tanks get colder, the cold gets really cold, and I love it; the colder, the better!

  19. Martin says

    I started this 6 months ago and it’s almost completely cured my eczema I suffered horrendously with for 17 years. I have come off steroids as a result of simply doing this. I always suspected this and used to read about famous people in history doing this. It makes a lot of sense when you think about the dualism of Hot/Cold.

    I would highly recommend if you have skin troubles to give it a go.

  20. Eward Wong says

    I’m a chinese, and I once have taken cold showers for one total year. Then stoped a year because of bad physical situatinon. While now I tried it again and I’m pretty sure there are a lot of benefits of cold showers. Here is one question, many people around me admitted that it’s great to wash your body with cold water, but not suggested to wash your hair with cold water. What’s your opion abt that?

  21. Rob says

    Tried my 1st Cold shower today.1st minute was hell!After that slowly got used to it for about 3 mins.
    Felt really invigorated afterwards and even did some early morning sprints,which normally I’m too lethargic to do.Will try and keep it up!

  22. Dan says

    I take cold showers and I think they are great; however, I just found a study saying that testosterone levels decrease when taking them. Take a look:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1890772
    You will notice too that cold water increased LH- the hormone that stimulates the production of testosterone in the testes. So it seems that cold showers decrease testosterone but increase the hormone that produces it, oddly enough. What do you guys make of this?

  23. Tony Ryan says

    I’ve been taking cold baths (submerged in freezing water up to my neck) for 5 months. I am really glad I started this. I had never done it before and possibly never thought that I should, could or would ever do it. I saw a post on here saying that it does not work. For some maybe it does not because of other individual lifestyle or physical circumstances but I must add that I do train regularly and this perfectly complements and supplements my established fitness regime. The benefits are great, both physically and psychologically. Every positive attribute mentioned in this article has happened for me. My skin, hair and fitness are improved. It also provides me with deeper focus, sleep and meditation. The coldest I have felt in the water is in the winter when my skin was literally feeling physical pain but the rationale is that when you endure the discomfort you are increasing your mental and physical tolerance to the cold. No gain without some measure of pain. Simple logic but scientifically robust. Sometimes it’s easy to do and at other times it’s quite difficult and challenging, if truth be told. I guess what doesn’t defeat you makes you stronger. Bring on the ice, COLD IS NOTHING!!!

  24. Robin says

    Every word of the article is true. am 57. Never in life had hot water bath. Do not remember when I had cold or fever last. God is gr8. All the best and thanks for confirming my belief.

  25. Sunil Charla says

    Always been having cold water baths…and always have my family disagreeing with me…glad my opinion has been ratified by so many more….happy to discover this site…must visit regularly…thanks guys!

  26. gother says

    I’ve tried this over the years to no success really.

    I didn’t feel any benefits afterwards and I was beginning to get really sick of this routine so I switched to a hot-cold shower therapy instead.

    It seems to work better for me. The only cold shower routine is too much for me.

  27. jarome says

    My water heater busted yesterday and because I got work during the day and Iack the funds to pay some guy to install a new water heater it will be a few days before the hot water will be back on line. I already took a cold shower because of this and it was horrible. So in an attempt to help ease the pain I looked up the benefits of cold showers. I’m glad I did. Moreover, I did have a nagging neck pain before I took the cold showered. And I laughed when I noticed it was gone after. I’m not looking foward to tomorrow’s shower but knowing the benefits makes it a bit easier to accept. I still wish my heater hadn’t busted.

  28. Edwardio says

    I’m sufferring from a severe bout of depression/addiction withdrawal. I take meds and am seeking other help. My brother in law swears by cold showers for sleep.

    I’ve always “feared” cold water but last night managed to gradually go from warm to just cold water over a few minutes. Can’t say it “fixed” anything but it did help relieve the depression/obsessive thinking, even if only for a few minutes. Did feel refreshing as well.

    As I am pretty mentally desperate at the moment, I plan to give it a go again each time I have a shower.

  29. Omar says

    Discovered cold showers by accident when the hot water tap was busted a few days ago and I just needed a damn shower.

    Man, I felt and looked like a Spartan after. This stuff is legit.

  30. Steve says

    “There are countless studies that show cold exposure improve immunity”

    Please can you reference me these studies. So far I’ve found none.

    Thanks.

  31. Patrick says

    Quick question: What temperature range would you recommend for these cold showers? My shower gets pretty damn cold, especially in winter

  32. Adrian Ljungqvist says

    After more than three months of taking cold shower twice a day, today was the first day I took two warm showers because the vigor and energy boost that I enjoyed on the first day of cold shower, which was the main motivator for me to continue cold shower, has waned away as time passes with regular cold showers. I have started to wonder whether some benefits of cold shower (improved immune system, circulation, metabolism, testosterone, etc.) claimed in many different articles are valid, although I believe from my experience that cold shower is in fact healthier for the skin and hair. At the same time, resistance to cold shower increased gradually. The thought of taking cold shower has slowed me down before I get in the shower. For example, rather than getting up immediately in the morning to take cold shower, I snoozed some. Should I start cold showers again tomorrow? If anyone can assure me the benefits of cold shower to justify continuing cold showers, I would appreciate it.

  33. Anastasia says

    Hi Joel,

    Thank you so much for this article!!! This is a great motivation for me!!

    Just a question about testosterone…Does women’s body also produce some of this hormone after a cold shower?

    Thank you,
    Anastasia

  34. Iceman says

    I have been taking cold showers for a couple months now. BUT, I would start off warm/hot for about 4 to 5 minutes and wash myself up, and then only have it cold for like 45 seconds to a minute and a half. lol. So I wasn’t feeling much benefits from it. I just took a cold shower for about 4 to 5 minutes from start to finish and am still shivering 10 minutes later(not badly.) It definitely feels refreshing and I plan on keeping it up. It definitely wakes you up. haha. It would be hard to do it on a -20 degree day though or something like that,heck, in the winter at all would be hard. Ii think I’ll still take cold showers then but just not have it freezing cold like i do now. But I will definitely plan on keeping this up. Sure it can be hard to “want’ to take a cold shower, but when you suffer through it and are shivering when you get out, it always feels great knowing your body is getting all those beefits.

  35. brian says

    Hi, I arise each morning at 4am and go to work, Im back home around 11am and I submerge myself in a bath of cold water for 10 – 15 minutes (my head isn’t under that long of course, just a few seconds) I can honestly say I go and do other jobs in the afternoon and feel well and refreshed and energetic. Im a 77 y/o and sleep very well from about 10pm to 4am. A cold water bath for me seems to work fine.

  36. Clarke says

    gosh…. the best ever!!! Cold showers is really and truly wonderful the experience itself is literally breath taking. Convinced relatives and close friends to take upon the challenge,yet they looked at me with disbelief. Until the thought itself consumed there curiosity…
    Most skeptical of all my girlfriend not sharing insight to wanting to give it a try,until the she cought the flu bug and i convinced her then to try out a cold shower. Results she loved it…
    Ladies and gentleman get out of your comfort zone and try some new especially if the health benefits is this great. COLD SHOWERS is awesome and i ain’t never going back.

  37. Jon says

    Cold showers are the bomb. Followed my intuition and started taking them 20 years ago without knowing anything about any related health benefits. I recommend skipping the warm and just diving in cold. I love it when it’s winter around here and the water gets extra cold. The colder the better. Squeaky clean- in fact, warm showers make me feel nasty greasy by comparison. And homeboy’s right about it waking you up better and longer than any caffeine. Beginners should just start cold, get in, splash it on their hair and wash it. Then move to the pits and the bits and by that time your pretty used to it- and it’ll also be time to get in there the rest of the way to rinse it all off. I feel like it stifles bacterial growth better than any soap. I use honey and lemon for shampoo/conditioner and soap (and a shower snack), and cold water. The best tip for beginners and pros alike is to get all the way under there, especially the head, and smile. Think about the best thing in your life and smile to it. Sounds crazy, but you’ll see what it does- the massive energy amplifies the focus and intensity of the smile (which you kind of have to fight to maintain- which is also good in that it teaches you to find and use a sincere smile, as that is all that will maintain it under those conditions); and the end result of it all is the most beaming, bombing smile in a while. For those who don’t know, smiling does more for you than I could sum up here. Try it. Cold showers for life. One of the main keys to health- right up there with meditation/prayer, a natural diet, fasting, exercise, drinking enough (pure) water, correct sleep, positive thinking, yoga, etc. Dial it in. Nobody who tries it for real says anything but 10 stars about it. Hot water showers and baths as a commonality are a relatively new thing- we’re made for cold ones. Buddhist Monks use extended cold water meditations to break through to higher meditations. As usual, use your common sense in taking it to extremes- but don’t underestimate it. Break off your hot water knob. You’ll live a longer, much better life. And try the smiling thing- aim it at Jesus for max effect; seriously, if you’re open-minded. Peace

  38. Chris Steyn says

    I’ve been doing this cold showers for 7 years now, at least every morning, summer and winter. Only cheated on visits to Russia and Germany, in winter, where I started with medium temperature, but ended with cold water. Cannot describe how fresh you feel after a cold shower in the morning, specially winter. It is all in the mind, once you experience the feeling, you will never stop.

  39. Milan says

    Hello and thank you for this article.
    I am a 44 yo healthy male and I started doing cold showers every day three weeks ago with great success and immediate well-being effects. I first do a regular lukewarm shower and then turn to completely cold water. In my household, temperature of cold water is 18 C, so not quite a swim in a frozen lake. I started with 1 minute of cold water in the end and extended by minute every week.
    Last week, however, I began noticing that the feeling of energy and well-being waned off and did not appear anymore after cold showers. Instead, I began feeling down and drowsy afterwards, with hands and feet feeling cold for hours. Also my intolerance of outside cold seems to have increased. Although I have developed resistance to cold shower, it just doesn’t feel right anymore. What could be the reason for this sudden change? Thank you in advance for your opinions.

  40. Key says

    Hey Joel,

    I started my cold showers yesterday. I actually tweeted it to you :-)

    I have a question.

    I’m doing this as a 30-day challenge, tracked on the lift.do app. The goal is to do it each morning, however, is it ok to also do it after my workout in the evening? So essentially, I’ll be doing it twice a day 4 times a week as I workout roughly 4 times a week.

    Initially, the thought of cold showers frightened the life out of me, but I decided to take the plunge (due to your articles and videos), and already I’m feeling incredible for it.

    Thanks

    K

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