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Cold Versus Warm Showers: Which Is Better?

By |2024-05-10T08:13:12-04:00January 19th, 2024|Categories: Health A-Z, Physical Therapy|Tags: , |

Many people love a warm or hot shower, while others say a cold shower has certain health benefits. Here’s what the research says, according to CentraState physical therapist Marcus C. Ward, PT, DPT.

A COLD SHOWER is good for recovery after an intense activity. It has a cooling effect on your body, helps your heart rate return to baseline faster and stimulates the circulatory system.

A WARM SHOWER can soothe stiff joints and tired muscles. Taking a warm shower one to two hours before bed can also improve sleep quality and help you fall asleep more quickly. It’s a great way to wind down after a busy day.

The Winner May be a Combination of Both:

Taking a warm shower and then gradually turning the dial to give yourself a blast of cold for 30, 60 or 90 seconds can reduce the perception of fatigue after intense activity and, if done routinely, may help combat stress and boost the immune system.

Warm to cold is the best of both worlds. But if you’re not a fan of the cold water – or if you have a health condition like heart disease – keep that dial turned to warm.


Looking for other ways to take control of your health and well-being? CentraState’s LIVE LIFE WELL℠ program can help with education and support to live your best life, no matter where you are on the health spectrum. Visit LIVE LIFE WELL to learn more.

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