“Life’s tough my darling but you’re tougher”
As we grew old we all have tried to harden ourselves from inside, haven’t we?
But did you know that something as ordinary as cold water could help us harden our bodies to fight the environmental factors affecting all of us?
Crazy, right? We’ve got you if you’re wondering how to do that.
Stay tuned to the article to know all about how to start with cold water hardening.
Hardening with water:
This is for some of us who have no idea what body hardening is:
“Body hardening involves a range of techniques that help us resist the unfavorable factors of the environment against our bodies”.
Benefits of cold water showers:
Showers with cold water have a huge variety of benefits for the body and for the general well-being. The process of therapy with water which is called as “hydrotherapy” has been used for hundreds of years now all over the world.
It has helped people increase their body’s tendencies to get used to harsher conditions and also help their bodies in becoming unaffected towards stress.
Following are the benefits of the cold water showers:
- Increased Happiness: The most important benefit of cold water shower is the increase in endorphins, a hormone responsible for the feeling of happiness. It releases when a person takes a cold shower.
It is reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that 10% of the adults in America are affected by depression. These adults are advised to take cold showers for 5 minutes 2-3 times a week that has actually helped them feel better and happier.
- Natural Weight Loss: Cold showers have been really helpful for people with slow metabolism rate. It has been found that people who take cold showers regularly have fast metabolism and thus it helps them to stay away from obesity if followed with other practices to lose weight.
- Healthy Skin & Hair: Increased blood circulation can be one of the results of cold showers. This increased blood circulation in your body will lead to healthy hair, skin and internal systems.
- Enhanced Immune System: Cold shower increases the resistance of the body from the common illnesses and also fights off certain kind of cancers.
How to start cold shower hardening
Your body needs time to get accustomed to something. Similarly this process of cold water hardening will take some time as your body will get used to it. It is very important to start the hardening gradually specifically for people having weak immune systems.
It is commonly believed that hot showers feel comforting and appealing so they may have a positive effect on our health. On the other hand cold showers may make you feel uncomfortable in the beginning but the truth is they actually are going to benefit you and your health in the long run.
The process of starting a cold shower is:
- Start with hot shower:
If you are new to this, you need to make sure that you start your shower with hot or warm water and stay under it for some time and let your body get comfortable and easy.
- Turn on cold water:
Now that you have turned on cold water, sprinkle some of it on your foot and then up your legs and gradually take it to the shoulders. Your body will adjust to the cold water shock if you take it slowly.
- Let the heat protection begin:
When you have gradually taken cold water to your shoulders and on your entire body, you need to stay under it for 10-15 seconds. You may again go the hot shower for a few seconds. You have to be careful about increasing the time by 5-10 seconds every-time you switch to cold water. This way when you will be able to stand under cold water for one minute, your thermal insulation will begin which will keep your body warm.
- End with cold water:
You can either switch to cold water at once or have contrasting shower as explained above. But either way you have to end your shower with cold water so that your body hardens against the cold.
- Try cold baths:
After you get used to the cold showers, try to take cold water baths to harden your body and make it resistant to the environmental and temperature changes.
These are the procedures and benefits to start cold shower hardening. If you are having difficulty in tracking your progress for water hardening, try using our app that will help you to keep track of your progress and becoming a master of cold water hardening.
This app works for iOS for now and we are soon going to launch it for android as well.
Download this app right now and take your hardening to the next level by keeping all the activity under control.