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Use your routine daily shower as an opportunity to revitalize your health, boost your energy and increase your mental and physical stamina—all with the simplest turn of a temperature nozzle. Well, not necessarily simple. Going from a steamy-hot shower to an icy-cold blast requires grit. Sustaining that icy-cold blast for maximum benefits requires endurance.
There’s nothing like a hot-cold shower first thing in the morning. Forget caffeine, you’ve got nature’s coffee. An icy a.m. rinse gives you an energy jolt that lasts, putting an extra vigor in your step throughout the day. Because the spike of cold surprises the body, oxygen intake and heart rate increases, which leads to a more focused, more enthusiastic state. Plus, it shocks the nervous system, triggering a feel-good release of the brain’s happiness chemicals dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins—getting you high, naturally. You don’t need a chill pill, just a totally chilled shower.
As our happiness chemicals ignite, hormones responsible for depressive and stressed moods (such as cortisol) decrease. This awakening mind-body sensation ups productivity and efficiency.
A hot-cold shower leaves you refreshed, energized, pleasantly buzzed and full of confidence—enhance your cold-water endurance, enhance these healthy, feel-good effects. Cold showers are hard! But as you tackle this challenge, second by second, you’ll feel more and more emboldened along the way.
The goal of our 2-Month 2-Minute Hot-Cold Shower Challenge
To gradually acclimate, over a two-month timeframe, the length of cold-water immersion. Target time: two full minutes. Target result: immediate and long-term overall health improvements, zero extra time taken out your day, zero cost.
As the cold rushes over the body, blood rushes closer to the inner organs to keep them warm. This experience increases overall blood circulation, spurring an energetic jolt and stimulating an array of health benefits. To name a few:
Follow along! Get inspired and share progress with us @higherdose. Looking forward to chilling with you.