Ok so I want to let you in on a little secret that I kind of stumbled across accidentally, cold showers.
No they aren’t just for boys trying to cool down after watching a movie with Kate Upton, they are seriously amazing for weight loss and your overall health!
You probably think of cold showers as sort of a last resort if your hot water has been turned off, you are in a crappy Chinese hostel (been there) or you are trying to cool off after a long workout.
However instead of getting pissed off at your fiancé for flushing the toilet and making your water in the shower go ice cold, instead of yelling at them maybe thank them instead. They are doing you a solid for your health and waistline!
There is nothing special about hot showers other than the fact that they are a luxury that we are all accustomed to today in modern America. Back in the old days people did not even have the option of deciding what water temperature to bathe in let alone if they wanted epsom salts added!
They simply used what was available to them.
However there is a reason that some of the leading health and fitness experts recommend taking cold showers on a semi regular basis and why I have incorporated them into my life.
Cold Water Shower Weight Loss Benefits
They help to burn fat! What the what? It’s true that taking cold showers on a regular basis help to target the bad fat also known as the white fat, while keeping you brown fat or good fat in tact.
White fat is body fat that is hard to burn off and that we all struggle to get rid of, that little pooch around our waist or that extra jiggle on our thighs.
When we take in more calories than we really need our body isn’t able to burn that fat so we store it as white fat, or the bad fat! This is really hard to get rid of once it’s there but not totally impossible. Not with a little cold shower and some hard work eating clean and exercising.
The colder water helps to activate brown fat due to the extreme temperature and helps you to burn calories by trying to keep you warm. According to some studies, one of the cold water shower weight loss benefits increase your metabolic rate by up to 15 times the normal amount.
That means that if you were to wake up everyday and take a cold shower you could lose almost 9 pounds of solid white fat in a year!
The cold water shower weight loss benefits are easy and you can literally burn stubborn fat just by a taking a cold shower?
If You Tend to Wake Up Moody or Super Tired a Cold Shower Can Help Your Kick Your Ass into High Gear!
I get how tempting it is to hit the snooze button on your alarm in the morning because you went to bed too late because you just had to rewatch the last season of Scandal, hey I’ve been there, but you need to get up and jump start your day!
Taking a cold shower right after waking up can help you to become more focused, alert, and ready to take on the day. Your body goes into a bit of a shock when cold water is poured on it (obviously) because it is trying to tell your brain that it needs to get warm by taking in more oxygen.
Heart rate increases because it’s kind of like “what just happened” and that gets your blood pumping and helps you to get energized for he day ahead!
Cold Water Showers Boost Your Immunity
Did anybody else have a good friend in high school that was a swimmer and they NEVER seemed to get sick? I had about five good girlfriends who all had swimming practice at the butt crack of dawn where there had to jump into a freezing cold pool and swim for over an hour.
I kid you not I can’t remember a time in high school where they were ever sick, or if they were it was really mild and went away quickly.
Is this just a coincidence? Science says it’s not!
Due to the fact that cold showers help to increase your metabolic rate it activates your immune system as well which helps to release a bunch of virus fighting white blood cells into your body that help you to get sick less frequently and also get well faster
They help with overall blood circulation as you know and can help boost your immune system, so if you know that everybody else at work or school is sick, hop in a cold shower and release those kick ass white blood cells!
Colder Showers Also Make You Prettier!
Dousing yourself with cold water in a cold shower helps to reduce the appearance of acne, because hot water is known to dry out your skin making acne worse, while cold water tightens your pores and nail cuticles preventing them from getting clogged with dirt or grease.
It also gives you shiner and healthier hair and can also help to you to shower less frequently because it stops gunk from accumulating around our scalp region.
This is just one of the many tips I have regarding how to create a better morning routine and set the tone for a productive day.
It totally stimulates your central nervous system and wake you up quickly!
Also my favorite scrub to shower with in the cold is this one because it smells amazing and wakes me up even more! It literally smells like mint chocolate chip ice cream!
Let me know what you guys think!