I’m about halfway through reading Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss. In one of the earlier chapters (the health section), Tim talks about the benefits of cold showers.
The discussion of taking cold showers is embedded within the topics of Stoicism, ketogenic diet, intermittent fasting, and mental toughness. I’m taken back to the scene in Rambo: First Blood where Stallone was having to survive in the mountainous forest in the freezing cold while being hunted down. Toughness. A true Stoic!
A quick note: Tools of Titans is about the tactics, routines, and habits of billionaires, icons, and world-class performers. It’s a phenomenal read and I encourage you to pick up a copy.
Cold Shower Benefits
So I did some further research on the benefits of cold showers and started implementing this into my daily routine. Here’s what I’ve found:
- Speeds up metabolism
- Helps with sore joints and muscle recovery
- Can improve circulation
- Boosts immune function
- Increases alertness
- Good for your skin and hair (well, I’m bald but at least my skin gets benefits)
- Natural stress reliever
I didn’t list these in any particular order except for the first two. These were the the primary reasons I started taking cold showers. I train hard in the early mornings but I sit most of the day, so it made sense that taking a cold shower at night may put my body in fat burning mode while sleeping. I also have some joint pains.
Length of Cold Showers
If I recall, Tim Ferriss typically takes a cold shower from 30-60 seconds. I’ve been doing this at the end of my normal shower. Once I’m clean, I stand under cold water for about 30 seconds or so. I do this for both my morning and nighttime showers, so twice a day.
I also move around a little to let the cold water run all over my body, especially in places where I may be sore. A perfect example is my shoulder. We’re having our master bathroom remodeled and I picked up a super heavy box of tile. I’m not sure what or how, but I strained my left shoulder pretty bad. So I’ve been letting cold water run on that part of my body more.
As far as increasing alertness, I notice this right away. It literally wakes you up! I don’t know that I can attest to any fat loss at this point. I’ve only been taking cold showers for a couple of weeks now.
I’ll admit, taking cold showers is tough to get used to at first. But you’ll be surprised how quickly you get used to it. With consistency, it simply becomes a part of your daily routine.
Train with Passion,