How to Take a Cold Shower

Brrr… Oh HECK no!

Yes, I used to be one of those guys, too. Then I read article after article on Medium talking about the benefits of taking cold showers. Finally, with a shrug, I said, “I guess we’re doing this.”

You won’t die. You won’t shiver. You might even like it.

This article doesn’t talk about why you should do it. I will let other articles talk about that.

If you are here, then you have already decided to take the plunge.

Let’s do this thing.

First, let’s talk about what happens in your body when you take a cold shower. This is just me reassuring you that you won’t die.

There are pockets of brown fat on your body. These only serve one purpose — to heat up and keep you warm. You thought you were imagining things when cold water gradually felt warm. Nope! It was your body doing its job. Yes, this also burns a few extra calories.

The biggest advantage I experienced was the sudden wake-up and attitude adjustment. I no longer drink coffee in the morning! I’ll take one double-cold shower, please.

The steps. Turn the water on until there is plenty of pressure, but no hot water. I don’t dive right in, ’cause it’s a jolt. I use the sprayer at first.

Your job is to systematically spray down every warm part of your body.

  1. Spray down your feet and legs. Yes, my precious. This is about to happen.
  2. Spray down nether regions. This just got real.
  3. Hang the spray nozzle back up. Brace for impact.
  4. Take a deep breath and douse your head. This is the only hard part of the shower. It makes you breathe quickly and your heart pumps. This is the part that wakes you up, if you weren’t, already.
  5. Turn around to wash your hair. This gives you a chance to cool your back and hindquarters.
  6. Wash under your arms. Remember, you are attacking all of your warm regions.
  7. Rinse your hair. You’ll notice that while this is bracing, it is much “warmer” than the first time you rinsed your hair.
  8. Finish your wash. Go after any part of your body that needs more attention. You will notice that the rest of the shower is bearable, if not enjoyable.
  9. Final Challenge — 30 seconds. Before you turn off the shower, get your full body under the shower for 30 seconds. You are moving slightly to make sure every part of you gets covered with the cold water.

You are attacking every warm area of your body.

The first few days I tried a cold shower, it was something I had to make myself do. I squealed a lot. After the first week, I started to enjoy the experience.

Now, after about a month, I take cold showers. It’s just something I do.

Give it a week. I dare you.

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