I heard about cold showers jumpstarting circulation and I have gradually been working up to a cold shower by ending a warm one with cold water. It seemed a strange and painful punishment but it was free, and who doesn't love free? I haven't stayed in it long enough to feel lasting benefits, but I have noticed I have no need to go back to warm water and it's much better coming out of a shower when the room feels warm instead of cold. It almost starts feeling good. I will definitely continue.
It definitely helps with cold weather. I've been taking cold showers for 5 years now (I'm 27) and it is rare that I have more than a short sleeve shirt under my jacket during the winter. People say that I'm crazy and that I'm going to catch a cold but the last time I had a cold was 6 years ago. To be honest, I'm a little scared of my addiction to cold showers. It is my morning "coffee" and it gives me the energy throughout the day. Now -I'm very resistant to cold weather but I became more sensitive to warmer temperatures. I often find myself in a room with others wearing 2 or 3 layers; I'm wearing a shirt and I'm hot. Not to mention what girls tell me: "your body is on fire" or "you're burning" ..:) I actually decided to do a google on "cold showers" to see if there is any harm, and that's how I found this place ps: yes...it does help with weight loss. Combine that with some exercise and you'll have a beautiful toned body.
I just wanted to share with all of you that I started taking ice cold showers out of necessity. During my pregnancies I've always had problems with circulation in my legs, bloating, soreness, etc. Well, where I live at the moment I can't find any support hose and I heard that cold showers were good for improving circulation. Well, I cannot begin to explain the benefits, "good" just doesn't cut it. Before the showers, I couldn't be on my feet for long during these hot summer days and the pain was unbearable. Now, after my ice cold shower in the morning, I'm on my feet all day and have absolutely no problem. Never felt better. I do take a catnap, but that's normal when you're preggo!