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Cold showers are said to be good for you – here's what the evidence shows

By Lindsay Bottoms, Reader in Exercise and Health Physiology, University of Hertfordshire
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A cold shower in the morning is a pretty unpleasant way to start the day. Yet many have been tempted to take up the habit because being immersed in cold water has many purported health benefits, both physical and mental.

Cold showers were first administered for health reasons in the early 19th century when doctors designed them for use on asylum and prison inmates to “cool hot, inflamed brains, and to instil fear to tame…


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