We often talk, in this blog, about lifestyle choices. We don’t want fitness to be a temporary passtime. The goal is to get you living a life of fitness, not simply doing fitness for an hour a day until you lose those 20 pounds. A lot of these lifestyle choices are small changes in your everyday life. Don’t mistake small for easy, though. And one small change is to start taking cold showers.
It promotes fat loss
You can lose fat without going to the gym by taking a cold shower. Your body will need to create heat if your feeling cold. It burns fat, more importantly, brown fat so it can regulate its temperature. More brown fat means less white (bad) fat. It also means higher metabolic rate. Recent research also indicates that cold temperatures can stimulate brown fat up to 15 times higher than the normal percentage.
It strengthens your immune system
A cold shower can also trigger an increase in the number of white blood cells and the metabolic speed rate in the body. As the metabolic speed and white blood cells skyrocket, an individual can become healthier. More particularly, they can have a stronger immune system, helping them fight air-borne diseases and other non-communicable illnesses.
It improves emotional resilience
Being emotional resilient can greatly affect every aspect of your life. Building the ability to stay under cold water, without being forced, while trying to calm yourself can create a very strong mindset. Cold shower can train your nervous system to be more resistant to stress. Research indicates that a cold shower can serve as a form of oxidative stress on the nervous system. Your body will adapt to the cold water over time, and your mind will adapt to be cool under stress.
It drains the lymphatic system
The lymphatic system is responsible for carrying out waste from cells. However, weak lymphatic health will be unable to get rid of toxins from the cellular system. This can improve not only your overall health, but it can also increase your recovery rate from workouts. Aside from proper exercise, a cold shower can boost the lymphatic system’s activity. Once it works at its best, the risk of getting infections will be reduced.
It lowers the risk of depression
Depression has been common to people of all ages, and it’s a serious problem that needs immediate action. At an early stage, many simple solutions can lessen the impact of depression. One good option is taking a cold shower. Research found that cold water can relieve simple symptoms of depression. It activates the blue spot on the brain, bringing back the normal amount of noradrenaline. This is a chemical that plays a huge role in alleviating anxiety.
it can boost testosterone and fertility levels
Testes are very sensitive to heat. Exposing them to high temperature can affect their protein synthesis, RNA, and DNA to name a few. The research found that a few minutes of heat in rat testes resulted in decreased testosterone level. Cold temperature, on the contrary, can relatively reverse the effect.
Over the years, a cold shower has been proven to increase fertility or boost sperm count. Experts also said that it could reverse the disadvantages of hot baths. When suffering from infertility issues, avoid saunas and incorporate cold water into your routine.
For more lifestyle changes, and help getting you to your goals, come chat with one of your Celebration CrossFit coaches today!
by Coach Matt