I put my hand under running water.
There’s no way! It hurts my hands just washing them in that water!
I’ll freeze or die of hypothermia in that shower!
Earlier that day, I’d read a blog post by Joel Runyon at ImpossibleHQ.com. It was about the benefits of cold shower therapy.
Joel had listed the many, many benefits of cold shower therapy, from immune system health to fat burning.
I wasn’t interested in those benefits, though.
I don’t get sick often and probably need to gain some fat rather than burn it.
There were two things that Joel wrote that led me to try this crazy experiment.
First, Joel talks a lot about getting out of your comfort zone, which is one of the best things a person can do to change and improve.
And taking a cold shower definitely qualifies. In fact, in the U.S., taking a cold shower when you have the option not to might be the farthest departure a person will make from their comfort zone in a day.
Maybe even in a week.
And most people won’t even do it once.
Most people read something like Joel’s article and say “that’s crazy” or “why would I do that when I can take my comfortable, hot shower.”
But really, what’s the worst that can happen? You shiver a little bit? It takes a minute to catch your breath and warm up?
Not really life-ending stuff here.
And yet, possibly life-changing. In a good way.