Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Navy SEAL Explains Why You Should Always End a Shower with Cold Water

Skip the shock therapy approach as that only applies to those who can tolerate it.

What you need to do instead is begin with a normal warm shower and complete your business.  This allows the skin to acclimatize to water drawing off heat.  Then notch the warm tap down in steps, each time showering fully to let the skin adjust.  It quickly becomes tolerable.

Do this until you have eliminated the warm water.  I learned a long time ago that cold water is unpleasant only until your skin adapts.  Then you can spend a long time there so long as you do not push it and jump into ice water for too long.  Most of our water is simply cold at best and that means a lot less than room temperature but not dangerous...

Navy SEAL Explains Why You Should Always End a Shower with Cold Water

written by Anna Hunt April 30, 2017

Former Navy SEAL Clint Emerson, author of 100 Deadly Skills, explains in the video above why it is healthy to end a shower with cold water.

It is understandable that people typically enjoy a warm or hot shower. It relaxes the body and relieves aches and pains. Furthermore, it can improve respiratory congestion and even reduce anxiety. Yet, many of us don’t realize that there are many health benefits when you end a shower with cold water.

That cold water is therapy. Even though it was torture, it’s therapy so that it keeps you healthy, keeps your joints and inflammation down, vasoconstricts everything down and allows you to keep moving forward, hopefully without any more injury. ~ Navy SEAL Clint Emerson

Here’s a recap of the benefits that Emerson highlights in his video.

Ending a shower with cold water: 

Increases the pace of the body’s recovery after physically strenuous activity. 

Vasoconstricts the entire body, squeezing out lactic acid. 

Lowers inflammation in the joints. 

Decreases the possibility of injury. 

Of course, showering in cold water can be very startling. Regardless, there are many health benefits especially if you want to keep moving forward with fewer aches and injuries.

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