We are at the point in the year, where hot becomes cold and cold becomes absolutely freezing. But extreme temperatures can have some fascinating effects on the human anatomy.
I first took an interest in this when I was taught at school about both vasodilation and vasoconstriction. When studying PE it was made clear how different temperates affected your blood flow and how these varying conditions could in turn influence how you perform as an athlete.
Today, I am going to walk you through some of the benefits for both cold and hot water. I hope, that from reading this blog, that you can take this information and apply it to your routine/training regime where applicable. Lastly, if you do have any questions or would like to know a little more about the below, don't hesitate to get in touch!
Waking up in the morning isn't everyone's cup of tea. So a wonderful way of getting yourself prepped for the day is by jumping into a cold shower first thing. The cold water increases the circulation in your body, which leads to a higher demand for oxygen. You instantly begin to breath deeper, fighting off whatever fatigue you previously felt (Runtastic).
Although I have nothing personal against it, hot water has the tendency to wreak havoc and dries out our skin, so it’s best to use cold water to tighten your cuticles and pores, preventing them from getting clogged. Coldwater seals the pores in the skin and scalp too, preventing dirt from getting in. The ultimate way to keep you clean at the start of your day (Medicaldaily).
With regards to your health, a cold shower in the morning can apparently help prevent the number of sick-days you have a year, reducing your tendency to catch a cold. In addition to this, the impact of this freezing force can reduce tension in your mind. Jumping into the shower without letting it heat up, or going into the ocean without slowly acclimating to it, can help promote hardening, increasing tolerance to stress, and even disease.
Finally, my favourite point. I have saved this part about the benefits of cold water till last. This one is cool. Coldwater immersion can activate the body’s natural healing powers that relieve the symptoms of many medical conditions and promote a sense of health and well-being. If this doesn't catch your attention, maybe the rest will. As, when practiced on a regular basis, cold water immersion can even provide long-lasting benefits to your body’s immune, lymphatic, circulatory and digestive systems enhancing the overall quality of your life and best of all its absolutely FREE (2mealday).
This blog may seem bias but it is totally hot (I mean not).
For example, frequent headaches can interfere with your daily life. We have all had them and we certainly all hate them. Tense muscles are known to trigger tension-type headaches. As such, a little application of heat or can relieve tense neck and shoulder muscles. The best thing to do is to use a heating pad set on low, a hot water bottle, a hot shower or bath, a warm compress, or a hot towel. Your problems will soon vanish (Healthline).
But that is not the only bodily issue that hot water can assist with. Whether it’s from a hot shower or a piping hot cup of tea, steam can help thin mucus and help it drain from your nose. If you have that urge to breathe clearly again, you now know what to do. For faster relief, pour boiling water into a large bowl. Cover your head with a towel, lean over the bowl, and breathe in the steam. You can do this three to four times a day, depending on how you are feeling...Personally, this is something we could all do with at the end of a long day.
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