Cold Showers: Just Do It

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I’ve been experimenting with ways to increase my productivity, so I came across the topic of cold showers.

There are already millions of articles discussing the benefits of cold showers. I read some before but I had never tried them myself, I was sceptical. But since last month I decided to give it a shot.

And it’s fucking great. But not for the reasons typically listed.

If you’re new to this topic, below are the typical benefits linked to taking cold showers: 

  1. It increases your level of alertness. A cold shower in the morning kick starts your day. The shock effect of cold water increases your breathing level and raises your blood oxygen level.
  2. It gives extended life to your skin and hair. Warm of hot water shower may feel soothing but it may not be as healthy. Cold showers are discomforting but they tighten up your skin and don’t negatively affect your hair. 
  3. An immunity booster and wellness enhancer. Cold showers trigger natural body response where blood rushes to surround the vital organs. Speedy circulation and concentration of blood around vital organs like the heart and liver enhances the blood circulation and boosts immunity. This directly contributes to health and wellness.
  4. A stress reliever. Scientific and health studies support the phenomenon by which human body releases stress reducing hormones on exposure to cold water to freezing conditions. 
  5. It’s your natural testosterone shot.  It’s claimed that cold showers are natural mean to enhance testosterone levels in males.

I’m not even sure if that last one is true or not. It’s not well supported by science and even if it works for raising T-levels, the effect would be minimal in my opinion; there are much better ways to raise your testosterone naturally.

But all of that shit doesn’t even matter.

The main benefits of cold showers are indirect. You create some discomfort in your life. Our modern day lives are way too comfortable and we get used to taking the easy route. Taking cold showers is a decision NOT to make things easy for yourself.

By doing this you change your mindset. You force yourself in the “Fuck it, bring it on”-mood, which is exactly what you want, from the first moment of your day.

Another benefit is that you notice how your body adapts. The first cold showers you take are gonna be shitty. You will ask yourself, why the fuck am I doing this. But don’t give up. Hang in there, your body gets used to it. It gets easier every day.

> This means you are getting tougher. Both mentally and physically.

So take this challenge for this week. Start taking cold showers: just do it. Take a cold shower every morning and push through it. You need to do this for a least a week and you need to be consistent.

If you need to build up some tolerance start with warm water and turning it cold for the last minute of your shower. But try to switch to full cold showers asap.

You will experience your mental strength and willpower increase. And you will know why you want to make this a new daily habit.

Take the challenge and report after one week!


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I’m TravelHardcore, but people simply call me THC, although I don’t smoke. I speak several languages and suffer from insomnia. I left a well paying job, stuck in a miserable office to go out and see the world. I simply live for adventure. Cheers.

  • Ikillgames

    I’ve been taking cold showers almost every day for over a year now. It immediately wakes me up regardless of how sleepy or hungover I am, its really helped my productivity and starting my day off earlier than It normally would

  • Crazy how today I just started taking cold showers for a discipline exercise, and today is the first day I come back to this site after being absent for months. The first article I see is about Cold showers lol. Sorry for the long absence I have been working on my site and ebook. Good to be back, wish you guys had a podcast or youtube channel.

  • I have this file on my iphone thats called “my truths”. In it I have about 20 things that are so true and so good to have in my life, that I don’t want to forget how much they help me. One of the things I have in that file is cold showers. Nuff said. Nice article THC.

    • Kingwang

      can you do a post on this? I think that would be insanely valuable to the readers on here.

    • anon1

      do a post on this! call it “20 things that are so true and so good to have in my life” and split it over two posts, first one covers 9 of them, second one covers the rest.

      i have a couple that i have found and recorded as well:

      -italian [read:anyforeign] women open up when you call their accent beautiful.
      they go from closed as can be and wary to literally overly helpful fawning puppies, when you combine saying that with a smile. i did it many times in italy and it worked 100% of the time. Note: This is part way through a conversation, not an opener. Maybe its because i’m british or what but i’ve found it work way more times that i ever thought possible.

      -To go from negative (bad) to positive (good) you have to move through neutral (reset point).
      This is true in business with customers, its true with controversy-as-brand ad campaigns, its true with women as well. Men make the mistake of thinking you can turn a hater into a lover in one step. you turn a hater neutral, THEN you turn them into a lover. Its a two step process. But guys want it all to be one step when it just can’t be.

      This works in every kind of situation. You have to go through the middle to get to the other side.

      Say you pissed off a girl, say your girl. something you did wrong that you probably should apologise for but you can’t because you’ll lose frame. you don’t cancel out the bad by buying her flowers and just being overly fawning to kind of distract her and shit, that just digs them stronger into the initial position of being pissed off with you.

      you first turn the negative into a neutral in one instance. and then in a SEPARATE instance, turn the neutral into a positive. Those things can even be back to back but you need a break in between it.

      if you just remember ‘from bad to neutral, from neutral to good’ you’ll figure out situations to apply it in

    • Haz

      20Nation Man for the love of that is holy list those 20 things. Wish you all the best

  • Definitely better for your skin. Hot water will dry it out fast

    And maybe save on water bill lol

    If you REALLY want a cold shower. Go hiking in the winter and when you’re sweaty jump into an icy cold stream, you will feel like you were reborn (serious)