The Surprising Benefits of Cold Showers (That Aren't What You Think)
Unless you’ve been living in a giant fridge, you can’t have missed the fact that summer is finally here.
But with those long sunny days also comes quite a lot of heat and humidity. While it’s a nice change to start, you may at some point want to cool off – and taking a cold shower is a great way to do that. So with that in mind, we’ve put together a list of benefits (other than cooling down) that cold showers can provide. Some you may already know, others may just surprise you a little bit – so let’s take a look.
Ease those aching muscles
Whether you’re a regular at the gym, or you just like a good run, you’ll likely be no stranger to aching muscles. Exercise induced muscle soreness is very common, and can actually occur up to 24 hours after the initial stimulus. But you can put a stop to the onset of this soreness with... you guessed it… a cold shower. A study carried out in 2009 confirmed that people who immersed themselves in cold water after exercise reported marked reduction in soreness. Have you got the bottle to hop in a cold shower after your next run?
Bolsters your circulation
When you turn on that blast of cold water, the body reacts by contracting your muscles and gets your heart pumping a little faster. This can speed up the elimination of toxins and improve your general heart health. If you have trouble with your circulation, a cold shower is an excellent way to ensure that your bloodstream is operating at optimal levels – especially if you’ve been sitting or standing in the same place for a long time.
Boosts your mood
Back in 2008, a study concluded that immersing the body in cold water can in fact have an effect on mood. This was taken to heart so much that many people actually recommend cold showers as a form of anti-depressive treatment. The effect is two-fold: it snaps your mind out of its funk and brings you back to the present moment, and has a painkilling analgesic effect at the same time. So if you’re feeling down in the dumps, why not try a blast of cold water? Brr!
Improves your skin care regimen
If you’re a regular shaver, you’ll already know that pores react better to cold water. A cold shower can help your skin by tightening your pores and prevent them getting clogged, which can lead to spots and blemishes. Of course, you can find similar results by splashing cold water on your face from the sink – but where is the fun in that? It’s also worth noting that cold water can help the condition of your hair by preventing the removal of essential oils from the hair that occurs with warm water.
Has our list got you in the mood for a refreshing cold shower? If so, please check out our wide range of top quality showers. Or, if you have questions about which shower is right for you, please call our team today on 0800 028 6174.