It may not be something that we love the idea of, but cold showers are things that athletes swear by. The truth is, as much as they sound a little like the worst way to wake up in the morning, cold showers have a whole host of benefits, not only for us, but also for the environment too.

Before you go turning down the temperature in your shower, if you are pregnant, elderly or have a pre-existing health condition, then it is a good idea that you check with your doctor first. For everyone else, here are some of the benefits to a cool shower.

Post work out recovery

Are you a bit of gym bunny? Love to clock up the miles running? Chances are that you will feel the burn and ache in your body after a good workout. Cold water may just be the ideal addition to your sports recovery regime. Cold water tightens up your blood vessels and pushes away the lactic acid that has built up in your muscles as you exercise. As you warm up those blood vessels expand, and bring in new blood that is packed full of oxygen.

All of these things bring nutrients into your body and make you feel better after a workout.

Get yourself ready for the day

Are you the type of person who really struggles to wake up in the morning? Want to find a way to wake up and face the day? You might find that a cold shower is the way to go! The cold water makes you gasp, and this gasp means that your heart rate has increased in order to warm up your body.

A higher heart rate means that your blood is pumping more, and this is going to mean that you feel ready to take on the world.

A helping hand for the environment

We know the benefits of having a cold shower for you, but that isn’t where they stop. Having a cold shower can also have a big boost to the environment too. You will be using less energy, which means that you will cut down on your energy bills and take less of a toll on the world around you, all simply by having a cooler shower each and every day.

The basics of a cold shower

Think that you like the idea of trying out a cold shower in your daily routine, think that your walk-in shower could become a much needed wake up call, or recovery from a hard workout. The ideal temperature that you need to aim for is between 10 and 15 °C and you should never stay in your shower enclosure for more than 8 minutes.

The ideal time to aim for a cold shower is first thing in the morning, as this will kick start your body for the whole day.

Here at Bathrooms United, we have a wide range of shower enclosures and shower solutions for your bathroom. Whether you want to take a warm, cold or somewhere in between shower!