Taking a cold shower can do more than improve your immunity. It can be used as a tool to change your life. Recently Tim Ferriss (The Four-Hour Workweek, The Four-Hour Chef) inspired me into taking a cold shower. It was a simple idea presented in his book “The-Four Hour Body”. The idea was that the cold water induced shivering and increased the amount of calories your was burning. If you drop your temperature, your body will compensate by heating you up. Thus burning more calories.
It’s simple in concept and pushed me into experimenting on myself. Living in Texas I thought it would be a great way to cool down after a long day of sweating outside. Well, it turned out to be much more than that.
I can vividly remember what my first cold shower was like. It was around 1 in the morning and I was just about to go to bed. I had went into some sort of trance reading “The Four-Hour Body” and found myself needing to make a break from the book. So I decided to take a cold shower and hopped in with full heat, anticipating how the cold water would feel. It gave me some sort of appreciation for the hot water and an anxiety that prevented me from enjoying it. I inched the water cooler until I started getting goosebumps. I could help but laugh at the ridiculousness of the situation.
Why in the world was I taking a cold shower? This was completely the opposite reason I took shower in the first place. I took showers to unwind, to relax after a long day, to collect my thoughts and contemplate. Yet here I was, shivering my ass of in the cold confines of my shower. Ferriss’ words “-it will wake you up like a foghorn” echoed in my head.
Suddenly I hit some sort of wall and broke through it mentally. The water ripped my mind out of itself and into the moment. Every anxiety, every anticipation had been shed and all that was left was the moment. There I was shivering in the place where I stood five minutes earlier basking in heat. All my mind could think about was what was occurring in that moment. The water pouring from the facet, the growing number of hairs sticking up from my goosebumps, how I was standing.
Yes I even became incredibly aware of myself and my body. It was incredibly weird and incredibly satisfying. I didn’t need to contemplate what tomorrow was going to bring because I have right now. I have only this moment. That is exactly why I take cold showers.
The ever desired hot water never actually made me feel content. My mind was bursting with thoughts and it never stopped thinking. My mind never actually relaxed. When the water turned cold and sharp my mind became sharp too and cut through any stray thoughts.
It’s not something that can be explained perfectly, but I want you to take a cold shower. I want you to be woken up like a foghorn. Take one for the team and just try it once! If you don’t like it, next time just turn up the heat. I guarantee you’ll feel something different.
In the comments below or on Facebook, tell me how your cold shower went. Perhaps you already take cold showers for their numerous health benefits. Whatever the case may be, tell me your opinion!
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