I hated what I read in the Harvard Business Review last Friday:
Cold showers have health benefits.
I’ve always ignored people who advocate taking cold showers.
But how does one ignore this new study from the Netherlands? It involved thousands of volunteers.
Conclusion: “This is the first high-level evidence showing that cold showers can benefit your health. People who took them for at least 30 seconds for one month called in sick 29% less than our control group—and 54% less if they also engaged in regular physical exercise.”
I really don’t want cold showers to offer health benefits.
I’m running a startup company with an important mission–to help a billion people reach their full potential. I need to be in top physical and mental shape in order to succeed.
I’ve been running 5 miles a day for almost a year. But I love running, especially in the canyon near Sundance when the weather is good.
But cold showers? No thanks!
But I can’t ignore this study!
Today was day 2 of my 30-second-cold-blast-in-the-shower experiment.
After my excellent 7 hour and 40 minute sleep last night, I woke up at 5:20, ran 5 miles at the gym. I did the cold blast, then my normal shower, I emerged feeling better than I have in months.
I’m afraid there’s something to this.