Ice-cold showers sound like one of those fad health trends that are popular for a minute and then fade into oblivion once people remember how amazing a warm shower is.
So, why do people take cold showers and put themselves through what is surely a pretty painful experience? Is having a cold shower good for you? Surely the answer is ‘Errrr, no’, right?
Well, it seems the budgie-smuggler-wearing ice swimmers may be on to something. As it turns out, there are various health benefits linked to taking cold showers. That’s not to say that you should immediately look for a frozen pond to dive into (in fact, this is highly unadvisable), but the benefits of a cold shower mean you might want to turn the temperature dial down.
THE BENEFITS OF A COLD SHOWER
The benefits of a cold shower in the morning include feeling more alert, having an improved mood and getting an extra dose of energy.
WHEN TO TAKE A COLD SHOWER
So, is it good to have a cold shower? The answer seems to be ‘yes’. But is a cold shower good for you 100% of the time?
Generally speaking, cold showers are better first thing or after exercise, and hot showers are better in the evening. The benefits of a cold shower in the morning include feeling more alert, having an improved mood and getting an extra dose of energy, whereas a warm shower helps in the evening by relaxing your mind and your muscles before bed. We’re not saying a hot shower is going to stop you overthinking when you’re trying to fall asleep, but it might help!
So, while the thought of starting the day with a cold shower may send shivers down your spine (no pun intended), it may be time to consider taking the plunge.