Last week I was in such a rush (as we all usually are) I did not have time to go to my 20 min gym workout. I was about to get in the shower and remembered I once heard someone saying taking a bath with cold water was a great way to energize your body in the mornings, so I gave it a try.
Surprisingly, it worked! I don't know if I got that amazing "after yoga class" feeling, but I felt really really good!
In minutes I was fully awake, energized and ready to conquer my day :)
I then read more about the benefits of cold cold water in the human body and found out it is said to be one of the best ways to start the day and keep over all health. Done on a daily basis it has amazing results on our health, as well as our mental and emotional state.
Here are some of the benefits of getting a 2-3 min cold shower every morning:
INCREASES YOUR ENERGY: Cold water increases your energy levels instantly by activating the nerve endings in your skin and rhythm of your breathing.
IMPROVE YOUR CIRCULATION: Cold water on your skin makes your heart beat faster and send more blood to your muscles and vital organs.
MENTAL CLARITY AND BETTER MOOD: The cold shower oxygenates the brain and causes the secretion of chemicals that improve your mood, reduce stress and anxiety.
HELPS OVERCOME DEPRESSION: It has been shown that cold water bathing help balance the "feel good" neurotransmitter serotonin.
KEEP YOUR HAIR AND SKIN HEALTHY: Cold water helps “closes” pores, keeping your skin smooth and healthy. It also makes your hair stronger and shiny.
FERTILITY/HORMONAL HEALTH: Cold water gives your glands (thyroid, adrenals, ovaries/testes) a boost, improving hormonal activity.
HELPS RECOVER MUSCLES AND CRONICH PAINS: Ice baths have long been used by elite athletes to help decrease inflammation after a workout. When you get out, your system is flushed with fresh, nutrient-rich blood that can help repair muscles & tendons.
ACTIVATES BREATHING: If you don't meditate or exercise, this may be a great way of getting some oxygen flowing. Cold showers force you to breathe deeper, opening up the lungs and bringing in more oxygen.
BOOST METABOLISM HELPS YOU LOSE WEIGHT: Cold showers increase the rate of your metabolism. The ice water forces your body to level the temperature continuously and this requires many calories.
Cold shower has immediate results, but as with most of good things in this life, consistency is key, the greatest benefits are long term.
Ready to joint the "cold shower" tribe?! I surely am!
Thank You for your time and comments!