Regardless of what you do for a living, the majority of people have an extremely similar morning routine. Brush your teeth, grab a quick shower, have breakfast and rush out the door in an attempt to beat the morning rush hour and get to work on time.
I would wager that very few of us start our working day with a cold shower, but according a series of recent studies pulled together by Better Bathrooms, opting for less-than-warm water could offer a host of potential benefits:
- Increases alertness
Having a cold shower gives the body a mild shock, increasing oxygen intake and heart rate and releasing a rush of blood through the body. This increases your alertness, and gives you something of a beneficial jumpstart to your working day.
- Improves immunity
As exposure to cold water can improve your circulation and lower blood pressure, it can help boost your immunity and even help combat skin and heart problems.
- Speeds muscle recovery
You’ve probably seen athletes taking an ice bath after sporting events, and this is because they’re effective in relieving sore muscles and speeding up recovery. Even a quick cold shower can help relieve muscle soreness.
- Refines hair and skin
Cold water tightens cuticles and pores, preventing them from getting clogged with dirt and grime. It can also stop your body from removing natural oils too quickly, giving your hair a healthy shine.
- Stimulates weight loss
Recent studies suggest that daily cold showers can help you lose up to nine pounds. Not bad for a simple change in your water temperature!
- Improves overall health
Exposure to cold stimulus has been shown to increase gluthathione in the body; an antioxidant that keeps other antioxidants performing at their optimum level. So a daily cold shower can help keep your body performing better and improve your overall general health.
So the next time you’re jumping in the shower on your way to work, consider lowering the water temperature. If you can stand a cold shower you might just find that your working day goes that little bit smoother, and you’re more alert, attentive and in better physical condition.