When my life coach, Jordan Bach, suggested I try taking a cold shower each morning, the idea sounded slightly insane. How could shivering under a frigid downpour everyday possibly make an impact on my life? Well, I have been doing this every day for a month now, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop.
If you've been accustomed to a spa-like jacuzzi your whole life, it's time to turn the other knob on your shower. Research suggests that there may be real health benefits of dipping in an icy shower: improved circulation, strengthened immunity, and increased testosterone, just to name a few.
A cold shower will improve appearance and strengthen hair too—it closes up your cuticles and tightens your skin. Plus, it really works as a mood lifter and can help bring mental clarity. It's the ultimate invigorating pick-me-up.
The point is to challenge yourself. If you can stand the heat (or rather, cold) for just a minute or so, you can achieve the same high that running or yoga can give, with the added bonus of a healthier appearance. Staying true to this practice every day helps keep me more "awake" to my thoughts and feelings throughout the day. Who knew?