Cold Water Morning Blast
The Scandinavian’s are renowned for their saunas and cold plunges into snow covered waters. And look at their health statistics, longevity and beautiful complexions! Blasting cold water at the very end of a warm shower shocks the circulation and sends the blood back to the skin, giving it a boost of oxygen and nutrients.
Your heart will race and you may say a few words kids shouldn’t hear! But you’ll have forgotten quickly once you are dry and dressed. You’ll feel invigorated and ready to bring some extra bounce to your day.
Benefits of Cold Water Blasts
- Increase alertness – yes, it is a shock to the system, but the deep and hard breathing response to the cold water blast delivers extra oxygen to the cells offering more energy for your day
- Improves hair and skin – hot water actually dries the hair and skin out, allowing vital moisture to be depleted. Cold water constricts the follicles and tightens the pores to make your hair appear shinier, stronger, and healthier by flattening hair follicles, and increasing their ability to grip the scalp.
- Stimulates Circulation – as the cold water hits the body, the heart responds with increasing blood flow to the skin and tissues. This pulsing action of the heart can boost overall health by improving cardio function
- Relieves muscle soreness – athletes take ice baths after training to reduce muscle soreness and relieve delayed onset muscle soreness. You can get this benefit from blasts of 10 to 15 degree water each morning
- Increase stress tolerance – strengthening your will power and maintaining discipline during uncomfortable times, cold water blasts in your morning routine can improve your long term stress resistance
Here is your challenge: Switch to a cold water spray for the last 10 seconds of your shower. Start just a little cooler and see how cold you can go for how long