If you’re like most men, there’s a gap between your intentions and your actions. You know what you need to do to get what you want, but you find it hard to follow through. Want to get better with women? Interact with more women. Want to get in shape? Eat less, move more. Want to earn more money? Leverage your time and focus on income-generating activities. It sounds simple enough when I say it like that, but simple doesn’t mean easy.
Not so long ago, I had trouble getting out of bed in the morning. I was always tired and barely had the energy to stay awake, let alone hit the gym, approach cold women, and start a business. I was caught in a downward spiral, the exit from which required a lot of willpower. Fortunately, I realized that the root cause of my problems could be reduced to the simple fact that I lacked discipline. Now I’ve come to believe that self-discipline is the missing link between all that you are and all that you are capable of being. I believe self discipline is the only difference between success and failure in all aspects of life.
In this article, I’m going to discuss the #1 way I’ve found to develop my self-discipline and skyrocket my energy, mood, and focus in the process.
Cold showers: the secret to sending your discipline through the roof
Imagine this: you finally realize the power of getting up early and setting an alarm for 5 a.m. the next day. The next morning, you wake up groggy to the sound of your alarm clock and part of you is trying to convince yourself to press nap. The decision you make in that moment – whether to get out of bed or take a nap – is the decision that makes all the difference.
Self-discipline is the ability to do what needs to be done whether you feel like it or not. Getting out of bed at 5 a.m., even when you don’t feel like it, provides the impetus to take the right steps despite what your emotions are telling you. It’s the same with taking a cold shower. When you step into your shower and think about turning the knob to “C”, you’ll hear the same voice trying to talk you out of it. But when you turn the knob anyway, you’ve effectively overcome that lower part of yourself and let your mind know who’s in charge. Then, later in the day, when that voice tries to convince you to skip a workout or reach for those cookies, you’re less likely to listen.
Having taken cold showers relatively consistently over the past two years, I know for sure that the days I start with a cold shower are always more productive than the days I don’t. True freedom is impossible without a mind liberated through discipline, and starting my day with a cold shower is the best way I’ve found to exercise my will, develop my discipline, and learn to associate pleasure with the hard things in life. .
Can taking a cold shower boost your testosterone?
As a reader of RoK and the Manosphere, you’ve probably heard of cold showers as part of the testosterone boost. After researching this topic in depth (check out my ultimate guide here), I’ll be the first to tell you that there’s no definitive evidence to back up this claim.
Does this mean that cold showers do not boost testosterone?
No. This means that there are currently no studies that have observed the phenomenon. Understand that the majority of scientific research is driven by economics. Since cold water is cheap and no one owns the rights to it, there is no financial incentive to conduct the research. This is where anecdotal evidence (personal accounts) becomes important – and there is plenty of it. A simple Google search for “cold shower benefits” will reveal countless testimonials from men who have experienced profound transformation by implementing cold showers as part of their lives.
Although the direct link between cold showers and testosterone has not been studied, there are a bunch of mechanisms by which exposure to cold can indirectly affect your T.
The scientifically proven benefits of cold showers
Anyone who has ever taken a cold shower can attest to the increased energy and focus levels they experience afterwards. The reason? It all comes down to a hormone called norepinephrine.
Exposure to cold water stimulates the fight or flight response in your sympathetic nervous system and causes a massive release of norepinephrine. In this study, one hour of exposure to cold water at a temperature of 57°F (14°C) caused a 530% increase in norepinephrine and a 250% increase in dopamine – which go hand in hand to cause a massive increase in energy, focus and mood. On the other hand, low levels of norepinephrine and dopamine correlate with decreased focus, motivation, and depression. In fact, part of how antidepressants work is to increase the uptake of norepinephrine and dopamine in your brain. The positive effect of cold exposure on mood is so profound that researchers have begun to study it as a possible measure against depression.
Additionally, exposure to cold water has also been shown to boost immune function, increase fat loss, and even speed muscle recovery.
All in all, starting your day with a cold shower is a quick and easy way to boost your immune system, accelerate your fat loss, boost your energy levels, and massively build self-discipline.
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