Reflection on Cold Water Therapy

The idea of Cold Water Therapy was something I came across a long time ago (probably 15 years ago) – when I came across it I thought it sounded like a great idea. But I didn’t want to do it because it was going to be uncomfortable.

Here we are in 2024 and I finally had the nerve to do it.

So what did I learn through this process?

The biggest thing is that chasing comfort is a trap – it’s a path to death. If you’re always avoiding being uncomfortable and chasing after being comfortable, you’ll deprive yourself of a lot of growth opportunities.

With that realization, I decided the next hurdle I’m going to tackle is my reliance on alcohol – it’s been something I consume on an almost daily basis. I know how horrible it is for my body and I’m sure it’s been a big factor in my testosterone crashing and my body composition not really improving. Not to mention it’s a crutch for dealing with stress.

Tangible benefits of taking cold showers every morning have been several – I feel really good after I get done with the shower, very awake. I’m pretty sure some of my visceral fat has vascularized and has started being tapped for energy – particularly in the last week as my appetite has been dropping somewhat. As well my circulation has been improving as well as the range of temperatures I’m comfortable in has been expanding. My feet have always had a tendency to swell, that’s been noticeably better over the last couple of weeks.

Looking at this experience as a whole – this is one of the practices I’m going to recommend (assuming you’re physically healthy enough for it) wholeheartedly to anyone looking to improve their lives.


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