I thought this was an interesting article. Basically, the author, who takes a cold shower every morning, notes that research supports various benefits to a brief cold shower first thing in the morning but suggests that is not the real reason to do it.
Even though I know all the research, understand the benefits, and feel great every single time I do it (at least immediately afterward), it’s still hard. Not just hard, but really hard. And maybe even a little bit scary, if I think too hard about how it’s going to feel every time I reach for the handle.
The point is that starting your morning by tackling challenges head-on will help encourage similar behavior throughout the day. And, it turns out, there’s a wealth of research to back up this idea as well. People who do hard things first tend to procrastinate less and get more done, according to Brian Tracy’s book, “Eat That Frog.”
I am not a morning person, and I’m not about to start taking cold showers any time soon. If you’ve never tried it, I bet it’s harder than you think. I took some ice baths when I was running more (pre-kids), and that was breathtakingly difficult. Literally breathtaking. Anyway, for a variety of reasons, I’d really like to start running more again. The bottom line is that the only practical time to do it is in the morning. I haven’t run in the morning in a good decade. At least. And it’s really, really hard for me to hop out of bed and hit the road. This article was a really nice piece of encouragement.