The Strangely Enticing Joys of Cold Showers

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I also discovered that I'm really groggy in the morning until I take a cold shower upon waking. Same reasons as before, except the internal warming acts more like a warm engine, revving up and running more smoothly than when cold.

I have read in many places that cold showers or baths are really good for you, mentally and physically. Some say they stimulate testosterone production, that they are good for the skin, and that they increase your metabolism and help you burn fat. Apparently, James Bond always took cold showers as he contemplated his missions. It is said that the Swiss would take dives in the Alpine lakes as part of a healthy lifestyle. I recently picked up Timother Ferriss' The 4-Hour Body, and since cold showers were mentioned yet again, I decided I had to give it a shot.

Really, it only takes 5 minutes or less (as long as I can stand). I just hop in when the water is warmish, then slowly turn it down. I wait a few seconds until I adapt and it feels warm again, then turn it down a bit more. Eventually, it gets so cold that I can't really adapt. Then I just sit there for a minute, making sure all the really sensitive areas get a good chill, like my head and back.

As soon as it is no longer novel, I hop out and dry off and put on warm, cozy pajamas. My mom warned me about a friend of hers who used to take cold showers and got pneumonia, so I'm not treating this like an endurance contest of anything.

Some things I've learned:

This post is sort of a follow-up from my post on conserving water, which you can check out.