#OneMinuteMan: Why taking cold showers makes you a healthier, sharper, and generally happier human being

October 03, 2016

We get it. You're probably thinking we sound like hardos right now. Hot showers are awesome.

Hot showers feel fuggin' fantastic. They can relieve tension and soothe stiff muscles (while you're in the shower, at least). They even increase your levels of oxytocin. Known as the "love hormone," oxytocin's the chemical your body produces when you wanna cuddle, snuggle, or just kinda wanna watch a couple episodes of Narcos on the couch with bae. 

But cold showers are better (for you), because:

      • When the cold water hits you, your heart rate increases, providing a rush of blood flow to the rest of the body. This is your body’s first dose of natural energy. You’re mentally sharp, your body's awake, before your morning coffee.

      • Sounds counterintuitive, but the cold actually improves blood flow to your organs. This causes your arteries to more efficiently pump blood, which, in turn, boosts your overall heart health.

      • Footnote to the above. The cold water can also lower blood pressure, clear blocked arteries, and improve the immune system.

      • You know this by now, the cold's a great healer for sore muscles and achy joints. But it's more than that. We, as human beings thrive in the cold. Studies show that the cold, combined with breathing exercises, can treat autoimmune conditions and viruses, and ease mental health issues, like depression and stress.

      • Watch this badass Vice documentary about Wim Hof, also known as the "Ice Man." Total legend who believes (and has proven under stern scientific scrutiny) that the cold can perform miracles on the body. Yeah, it's nuts. 

We'd be remiss if we didn't say...

The first time you take a cold one, it’s gonna suck. Honestly, it's gonna suck a lot and you're probably gonna want to turn the hot water on. Don't. When you do it again the next morning, it’s still gonna suck...but it's gonna suck a little less.

This goes on for a few weeks until your morning cold shower becomes tolerable. Then, after a couple months, it becomes actually enjoyable.

Still, truth is, you never get totally used to the first few seconds of a cold shower. When those icy rivulets hit your body like a hundred daggers. But, without that feeling, a cold shower wouldn't be a cold shower.  

So do it up. Try it tomorrow. 

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