Aside from the mental resilience that a regular cold immersion practice can bring you, other core benefits of cold showers include:


  • Helps with metabolism
  • Improves circulation
  • Releases endorphins
  • Soothes muscles
  • Supports the immune system


And the benefits don’t end there! If you go through the research, you’ll find that cold showers can aid your wellbeing in a number of ways.

Although it may seem counterintuitive, these showers can be both soothing and energizing for your mind, body, and spirit.

For the maximum benefits, it’s best to incorporate cold showers into your daily routine. As this takes strength and dedication, Wim advises to gradually build up the duration and intensity. 

If you have no prior experience with cold showers, start with a regular shower and finish the last 30 seconds cold. 

You’ll quickly notice that you’re able to tolerate the cold more and more, and eventually, cold showers and even ice baths become things you look forward to (trust us).


Cold Showers vs Hot Showers

Let’s be honest, the idea of a nice, hot shower is a lot easier than embracing the cold. But are hot showers better for you?

Well, hot showers aren’t bad, per se

They can clear the nasal passages and give respiratory relief. And if you live in a cool climate, they can make the transition from getting out of bed to facing the day that bit less intimidating!

Here’s the problem with hot showers, though:

The heated water turns on the parasympathetic nervous system, which is known to make you more tired and sleepy. Zzz.

Plus, hot showers can make the skin dry and itchy, as well as causing blood pressure to rise…

Not ideal for those dealing with blood pressure that’s already high!

On the flip side, cold showers don’t take away the lubricative sebum layer of the skin, so your skin will feel smoother and softer. 

Cold stimulation provides cardiovascular benefits, too. It’s known to boost oxygen intake and lower heart rate, which can assist with reducing stress.

So, if you asked us to cast a vote on the cold showers vs. hot showers debate, which option do you think we’d go for?

Cold is the winner, every time!

Now, let’s take a look at some of the latest research on how cold showers can boost your health and wellbeing. We’ll discuss the implications for promoting immunity, reducing depression, and more.


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Written by Declan Davey (Wim Hoff Health Copywriter)


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