Mornings are tough, but the right kind of shower can help. Alternate between extreme cold and hot temperatures to get energised and ready for your day. Here's why it works.
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The trick is quick and easy: After you're done bathing turn the water as cold as you can stand it for 30 seconds, then as hot as you can stand it for 30 seconds, then back to cold for a final 30 seconds. It's as uncomfortable as it sounds, but how you feel afterwards — refreshed and ready to start your day — is what counts.
This kind of hot/cold hydrotherapy dates back thousands of years, and you can still find people, especially in northern countries, using saunas this way and taking cold showers for their health and therapeutic benefits. Starting your day with a hydrotherapy-like shower will give you the same benefits of extreme water temperatures without having to go to a sauna or a spa, and it's a quick and easy ritual to add to your mornings.