We’re often told to step out our comfort zones and WE think that means ordering a different drink at the bar of a Saturday. Make that a lime instead of a lemon, good sir.
We did NOT think they meant really challenge yourself, but it turns out they do. Damn.
So what better way to step out of your comfort zone and reap worthwhile results than as part of your daily beauty routine?
We’re not going to sugar-coat this one girls, we’re telling you to take a cold shower at least once a week and we’re doing it because we care.
Here are just five of the body parts that will thank you for your bravery.
OK, so when you step under that ice cold spray for the first time, you’ll tense up and your breathing will quicken. This deep breathing will cause a surge in your heart rate which leads to an increase in energy levels.
Who can actually afford to turn their back on a little energy boost and extra alertness of a Monday morning?
Warm (or our personal favourite, piping hot) showers dry out our hair. We know, it’s so unfair. We get into the shower specifically to tend to and treat our hair and the goddamn water is undoing all our good work!
Want to hear some good news? Cold water makes you hair extra shiny. Just sayin’.
Your body’s reaction to a quick burst of cold water means that your pores tighten and your skin is given an immediate overhaul, resulting in fresher, firmer looking skin.
Put down the loofah, and turn that dial to the left, ladies.
So there’s two type of fat; good and bad. Good is brown and bad is white. Still with us? OK, so the brown fat helps keep us warm therefore when we brave that icy torrent, our brown fat cells will work over time to increase our body temperature, thereby burning fat within our body.
Have a Yorkie when you step out, you deserve it.
Whether you’ve been slogging it out in the gym or you’re as tense as a turkey at Christmas with the office workload, your muscles will thank you for a blast of icy water. Those aches and pains you’ve been experiencing will be a thing of the past in no time.
If you can't bear the thought that your daily pamper session is going to be turned into what might seem like an initiation to a 1970's college fraternity, then how about easing yourself into it?
Try a thirty second blast of cold water at the end of your shower today, then increase it to sixty and before you know it, you'll have incorporated one full cold shower into your weekly routine.
Know why? Cos you're a champ!