Cold Showers Or Hot Showers: Which Is Better?

When someone says ‘try a cold shower’.

Cold shower are yooooouuuu MAD fam?

Listen, it’s hot AF and summer is on the horizon. If there’s any time to give it a go, it’s now. Here’s why:

  • Increased endorphins (Better sense of well-being)
  • Strengthens immunity
  • Reduce muscle soreness
  • Improved circulation
  • Keeps skin and hair healthy

You can look into it for more detail, but this is what you will find just with more minor scientific details included.

When I’ve been in cold showers myself, I instantly feel more energised and alert. I’ve got sensitive skin (and feelings) and I come out without dry, patchy skin when I have my water roasting. Also, a cold shower makes you feel mentally tough as fuuu when you’ve finished. Ready for prison and that.

If you are going to try, do it like this:

Don’t run a cold shower and try and get in. You’ll find it very difficult to motivate yourself to plunge straight in.

• Start off the shower warm, get in and do what you need to do re: washing

• Slowly start to lower the temperature down until it starts to become cold 🥶

• Remain in there for as long as you can, aim for about 30 seconds

• Gradually increase the time over sessions.

• Focus on your breathing, because you might (110% will) start to hyperventilate a bit. I can’t stress enough that the most important thing to do is breathe forcefully and focused. Big breaths in and out.

• Also, it might be a good idea to do it in some shorts or something that’s going to protect more sensitive areas. But that’s optional.

Try it, don’t be a pussy.

Onto le hot baths.

In my old flat, I didn’t even have a bath. It was basically an underground cave with a shitty little box shower so I’m not that bothered about having one anymore.

But every now and again when I’ve had enough of life, it’s many trivia’s and my body hurts, I’ll have a crafty one with a face mask on to clear them pores.

The benefits are well known and common knowledge, if it’s relaxation you want and a good nights sleep then a hot bath is number 1. But remember hot water dries out your skin, so moisturise after.

Regarding recovery, each one is beneficial in relaxation and repair of the muscles but by using different methods:

Cold showers – Reduce swelling and inflammation, then speeds up the process of repairing the micro tears in your muscles from training – Sound

Hot baths – Increased the blood flow to your muscles which helps to remove the lactic acid – Also well sound

It is all very confusing because they both do, and are polar opposites, but they will both help you to recover equally as effective. At the end of the day, like I’ve said 678 times already. It all depends on the individual.

So after exercising, either one will see you good. So don’t worry about it too much. The only way you can make either one more beneficial is to take an ice bath or a sauna, but odds are you don’t have access to either one at home.

Unless you try things, you’ll never know if they work for you or not. Hopefully you’ve got something from this article to try if you are bored at home still though.

Next time you get in a nice steamy shower, just notch it down a bit. Go on. Dare yah.

Still don’t know how to end one of these blogs. Someone write a blog on how to end a blog please. Safe x

PS if you do want to watch a 30 day cold shower experiment and can’t be arsed to type it in yourself, here’s my recommendation – Take me to that vid la

Published by Thomas Jackson Smith

Personal Trainer. Qualified Strength and Conditioning Coach, Exercise Referral specialist, Football coach and entrepreneur. Interested in health and fitness, exercise prescription, football, nutrition, injury prevention, recovery and mindset improvement. Any views are my own and from my own experience. Looking to build links within the blog community, replying to feedback and offering support so we can learn and grow together!

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