Most of us have gone through the death-gripping, matrix bending of our bodies when we feel the slight hint of cold water when we first get in the shower.
It’s uncomfortable and you can’t even think of one good reason why anyone would possibly make the decision to shower in water so cold that your skin shrinks.
But did you know that cold showers can help you achieve all your dreams by boosting your willpower?
It can also help burn fat, boost exercise recovery, increase your mood and alertness, and make you look extra sexy with slight, gorgeous, shinning and healthy hair and skin.
Ok, that one was a little bit of an overhaul, but it does make your skin smoother to the touch and your hair much more manageable and shinny.
The most surprising effect of cold showers? You can finally achieve your goals and live your life relentlessly.
Anyone who leads a meaningful life will attest to a few truths. In order to achieve anything, discomfort is going to play a tremendous role. Whether you’re uncomfortably broke and have to borrow money or if you live paycheck to paycheck. Perhaps you are uncomfortable asking someone out on a date or going to your first interview or diving into the deep end when you fear drowning.
Purpose and meaning come with sacrifice. And in many cases, especially that of business, the sacrifice is living with discomfort.
So how does this one therapy work? And how can it help you? Tune in. I’m sure you will enjoy this mastery session.
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The following is the full transcript of this episode of the Transcendence Mastery Sessions with Giulia Guerrero. Please note this episode, like all TMS episodes, is possible thanks to you and your fellow entrepreneurs, parents, and leaders. Subscribe to the free motivational podcast on iTunes or Stitcher.
Not too long ago, I heard a Ted Talk by Joel Runyon about how cold shower therapy can change your life. I was intrigued. I really wanted to know what he was talking about.
Joel compares his decision to strike out as an entrepreneur to the experiences he felt during a cold shower. Now I was truly into it by this point because I’ve gone through my own insecurities, failures and indecisions as an entrepreneur.
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He ended his talk with a question and a challenge. He said, “If you’re not willing or able to be the type of person that is willing to be uncomfortable for 5 minutes alone in the shower where the only negative outcome is you being cold for 5 minutes and the only person affected by that decision is you, then how will you ever have the strength or the courage to choose to be uncomfortable in a situation where the outcomes are much much greater and the people affected by your decision far outnumber just yourself?”
And I kid you not, when he asked that question, I thought “yeah you, he’s talking to you”. And my positive self said, “well, I’m not that bad at decision making” and another part of me said, “true, but you could be better”. And that’s when it clicked.
So I said ok, challenge on.
I was pumped and ready to give it a try. When I first went in, I tested the coldness. I did not want to just jump in without an expectation of what was waiting for me. Almost like that little kid who’s afraid to jump into the cold pool. Yeah, that’s exactly how I felt.
As soon as I felt the cold water a full rush went through my body, the first thing that came to mind was a big “oh heck no, not doing it, what? That’s crazy”.
But I got past it and told myself that if I wanted to do anything in life, I had to get through this. After all, I had been through worse in life, why not?
It was really uncomfortable at first. But I remember hearing that the more you battle against it, the worst it will feel. Your muscles will tense up and the cold water will feel even colder. So I stopped myself, regained my senses and allowed myself to relax.
It was marvelous. Ok, not in the most amazing way, but I realized that my mind was more in charge of the coldness than the temperature itself. The water actually felt slightly warm once I relaxed and the more I told myself “this isn’t bad at all, it’s quite refreshing” the warmer it felt.
It was mind blowing. But I’m the science research geek, there had to be some explanation for it. And there is. You see when the cold water hits your skin, capillaries near the surface dilate, which pull blood out from the deeper parts of your body into the extremities to warm them up. After a certain amount of exposure to the cold shower they will contract and the blood flows back into the depart parts of the body after having been cleansed.
This blood rushing to the skin quickly awakens and invigorates your body. It also helps flush toxins from the skin and boosts your immune system, promoting the growth and repair of the circulatory system by activating stagnant blood. Not to mention that it will rejuvenate your glandular system making you feel young.
So, after the first week of cold showers, I started to see a difference in my skin’s texture. I don’t really suffer from dry skin, but I did notice it was gentler and softer to the touch, especially my face.
Dr. Kristel Polder, a dermatologist and skin care expert in Dallas, Texas, told Medical Daily in an email: “Hot showers pull the moisture from the skin. In cold winter months, this predisposes people to dry, itchy, scaly skin. Cold or lukewarm showers, while not as soothing as a hot shower, are much gentler on skin, even skin with diseases such as eczema and psoriasis.”
I also felt more energized and positive throughout my days. And that’s when I learned that cold showers train your nervous system to be more resilient to stress because the coldness of the water acts like a small form of oxidative stress. And over time, the body adapts to this.
Essentially, you’ll be more calm, cool and collected.
And the energy spikes I kept feeling was due to the dramatic increase of oxygen intake and heart rate, resulting in a natural dose of energy throughout the day, which leaves you alert and ready to take on the day.
If you are going to shower at night, do so at least 2 hours before bedtime otherwise you can risk staying up longer than you usually do. That happened to me on the first day. I stayed up 4 hours past my usual sleep time. That was no fun, but I got extra work done. So kudos for me right?
After the second and third week, it became more of a habit. I wasn’t dreading the cold shower as much as the first week, and no crazy negative thoughts ran through my head. Instead, I felt more comfortable being uncomfortable if that makes any sense.
And I had also lost a total of 2 lbs in three weeks without changing anything in my day apart from taking cold showers. This might not seem like a lot, but if you accumulate it within a year of cold showers, that could be a 34 lb drop in weight. Now, I’m not saying that you’re going to lose this much weight, but it could happen. Cold showers do promote fat loss.
Most people don’t know this, but there are two types of fat in your body. Brown fat and white fat. White fat is that glob that you normally see pictured in images comparing 5 lbs of fat to muscle. It has that slightly yellow color to it. That’s the fat you want to get rid of. Then there’s the brown fat, which oddly enough burns the white fat. This is the fat that is so highly praised by doctors, dieticians and nutritionist. It functions to generate hear and keep your body warm.
So as you probably guessed, when you take a cold shower, brown fat is activated, resulting in an increase of energy and calories burned to keep your body warm. So much so that several studies have found that cold temperatures can increase brown fast by 15x normal amount.
I do have to mention that if you’re menstruating, pregnant, just finished ejaculating, underweight, or suffering from an eating disorder is best to avoid taking cold showers as it could overwhelm your body too much. You might also want to avoid cold showers immediately after a vigorous workout to avoid muscle cramping. It can happen. Instead, start with a warm shower and finish it cold. That can help limit any craziness happening after a good workout.
But all in all, the cold shower therapy has many health benefits. And despite all these benefits, I now know that being uncomfortable is exactly what cold showers are all about. Ok, so health might not be your priority, but being uncomfortable every day should be.
By subjecting yourself to discomfort, you increase the likelihood of staying on track in other areas of your life that are way more important.
Mainly because doing something you’re so resistant to every single day, right when you wake up, takes a lot of mental strength. And overtime, this mental strength and discipline will become an automated habit that echo’s into every area of your life.
Conditioning your brain to accept, survive, and embrace discomfort is one of the practices that can greatly impact the rest of your life. If you are dedicated to your aspirations and goals, taking a cold shower has profound tangible and mental benefits.
And therefore, I challenge you. I challenge you to wake up each morning about 15 minutes earlier than you normally would and take a 5 minute cold shower. If you think that’s too much of a stretch, fine. Then take a cold shower whenever you want to, but if you really want to take it to another level. Then consider taking the shower in the morning right after your morning workout or as soon as you wake up.
Do this for 30 days and you’ll begin to notice a huge change in your body, how you feel, and how you think. Trust me, it will help you stretch out of your comfort zone, boosting your willpower so that anytime you have to make an important decision in life, you do it with clarity and confidence not fear.
I’m still taking my cold showers and will continue to do so. So who’s joining me?
If you’re ready for the challenge, then get social. Get on Facebook or Twitter right now and share a message saying “I’m crazy, I’m going to take cold showers for 30 days.” And be sure to tag me so that I know you’ve joined me too.
We can keep each other accountable. The cold shower therapy is just another way to transcend your limits so you can finally live that epic life you’ve always dreamed of.
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