I don’t like the cold.
In fact, I hate it.
So when I started seeing numerous articles pop up about people who swear by cold showers to ease muscle soreness, improve skin and hair, boost metabolism and concentration I was a little mortified. And a lot sceptical.
As always, curiosity got the better of me and for the month of January I vowed to give up my beloved hot showers.
For the first week, it was truly horrible.
The cold water was sharp and I felt like border-line hyperventilating as it hit my skin.
Into week two, I started to notice subtle changes – the cold was less of a shock, my breathing normalised and I realised just how good I felt afterwards.
As January draws to a close, I have officially become one of ‘them’ – I love my morning cold shower ritual. I actually look forward to starting my day standing in the cold, taking deep breaths and letting the water fall all over me. It’s energising and relaxing at the same time.
I can’t believe I’m even saying this.
Since taking up the cold shower challenge I’ve been hyper focussed at work, motivated in the gym, I’ve had less muscle soreness (unusual for me!), my mood has improved and my stress levels decreased.
Admittedly, Sydney has gone through one of its hottest Januarys on record, so it remains to be seen if my cold shower love affair cools in winter. But, if a cold water cynic like me can be converted I think anyone can.
If you don’t want to dive straight into cold showers, you’ll reap the same benefits from turning the tap to cold at the end of your shower for a quick blast.
If you’re up for the challenge, give it a try.