Have you had your James Bond shower today?

Just asking, and I can almost guarantee that the answer is “No.”

Let me explain:

A couple of days ago, I posted a photo of myself standing in the snow, dressed only in shorts and sleeveless top. This prompted my blogger friend Gilly Gee to ask, “Are you one of those crazy people who go from sauna to icy dip too?” I replied, “Funny you should ask that, Gilly. I always have an ice-cold rinse after my shower. It really wakes me up!” πŸ˜€

Last August, which is the middle of our winter in South Africa, I was sitting having lunch with my mom, when she suddenly came out with, “I really have to thank you for introducing me to the idea of a cold shower to finish me off every morning, I’m sure that’s why I haven’t even had a sniffle this winter.” You see, even at eighty-seven years of age, my mom is no sissy, and like myself, turns the cold water on full blast at the end of her shower. I’m sure that when she said, “finish me off,” she didn’t mean it in THAT sense, although even the very idea of standing under a spray of icy water, would I have no doubt finish most people off. πŸ˜‰

I haven’t been able to convince hubby yet of the beneficial effects it will have on him, even when I tell him that it’s known as β€œThe James Bond shower.” I mean to say………you can’t get more macho than the great JB, can you?

Hubby is neither shaken nor stirred by my assurances that it will rev up his circulation, improve his libido, and make him feel as warm as toast once he’s dry. I can walk around in my undies for an hour afterwards without feeling the least bit chilly, whereas fresh from his stinging hot shower, he β€œBrrrrs” himself into his clothes as fast as he can make it.

Those of you who have read the James Bond books may recollect that he always ends off his shower with an ice-cold rinse, but he wasn’t the first to enjoy the benefits of a shot of cold water. In ancient times, hot water was a luxury. People had to live near to hot springs in order to enjoy the comfort of a hot bath, so for most of human history people bathed in cold water. But even when the Ancient Greeks developed heating systems for their public baths, they continued bathing in cold water purely for the health benefits.

The Spartans, hardy folk that they were, believed that hot water was for the weak and unmanly. When they did take baths (which was, probably only once a year) they used only cold water because they thought it toughened them up and made them even more formidable opponents to their enemies.

Many cultures incorporated a cold water dousing into their religious ceremonies. Some Native American tribes would alternate between sitting in a sort of sauna and then jumping into an icy river or a bank of snow. Ancient Russians also took frequent plunges into icy rivers for health and spiritual cleansing. Japanese practitioners of Shinto, both in ancient and modern times, would stand under an icy waterfall as part of a ritual known as Misogi, which was believed to cleanse the spirit.

Just in case you’re not convinced, here is a list of the benefits: Cold water showers improves circulation, by causing your blood to move towards your organs to keep them warm, whereas warm water reverses the effect, making the blood move towards the surface of the skin. It is said to relieve depression, and reduces stress by stimulating the brain’s β€œblue spot,” the brain’s primary source of noradrenaline, a chemical that could help mitigate depression. Cold water closes up your pores and hair cuticle, making your skin healthier, and your hair shinier. It increases your metabolic rate and activates your immune system, releasing more white blood cells. It’s also thought to increase testosterone and boost libido, thus increasing strength and energy.

Well, maybe I haven’t convinced you, but tomorrow, as you stand under your hot shower, just think of meΒ  blasting myself with ice-cold water, and be just a little bit tempted to try it out, especially if it’s summer on your side of the globe.

Have a great weekend everyone.

(photos from Google images.)

87 comments on “Have you had your James Bond shower today?

  1. Yep I had my fully de-cafeenated cold sprinkle this morning, and now I’ll keep the smile on my face, and my eyes open to find some way to glue that hot tap shut, to go along the ‘Not Needed’ Sign πŸ™‚

  2. Ok….I read the entire thing and all I could do is keep going back to that photo! πŸ˜†

  3. er not so sure about a cold shower right now but I know that after a long run an ice bath/shower is more than welcome, he he

  4. I do it before the shower – that is to say, I start with a plunge into the pool where I do minimum 50 swimming strokes before I get out speedily and gratefully. After that, the morning air seems lovely and warm.

    • I’m suitably impressed, Col. πŸ™‚ That water must be very ‘cool’ in winter, but I can imagine the rosy glow you feel once you’ve dried off.

  5. just thinking about that cold water is sending me running for a blanket. Although if James Bond joined me possibly I could be convinced πŸ™‚

  6. What an interesting post! Thanks very much for enlightening me about both the benefits and history of cold showers! I’ll…consider it. πŸ™‚

    Excellent choice of finishing photo as well by the way!

  7. Not for me thank you, I cannot even drink cold water from the fridge or my heart would go into spasm. Just reading about a cold shower has me shivering & my teeth chattering. Brrrr!

  8. πŸ˜† honestly I say, only in his movie : Ehem…. he’s very handsome πŸ˜† But the most I like it is Sean Connery as Mr. Bond. Have a nice weekend my friend

  9. I couldn’t pass up reading this one after I saw your title. Although I love James Bond, I’m totally not into cold showers. In fact all my showers are hot and steamy πŸ™‚

  10. Not nessesarily intentionally (as the water knobs are screwey in this old trailer we now live in),but that’s what I do,LOL,blast of cold at the end-nice ot know I ain’t the only one πŸ˜›

    The DC

  11. inspiring ad! i have tried to do this for years, always get to cool then cant bear to go to cold, but today i will do it …. just had a vigorous walk so feeling tough πŸ™‚

  12. Ha…ha! I took your advice when you talked about it previously. I’ve now taken it to the next level, from the hot sauna to the cold river water and in winter it will to the snow. I must say it works wonders:-)

  13. Another fantastic post! I think I’d look like Janet Leigh in your picture if I tried it. That scene haunted me for years. Made me paranoid in the shower. Sean was such a great Bond, but I’m rather taken with the more rugged look of the new one. He looked so hot (as in sizzling) during that little bit of escorting the Queen to the helicopter. πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks so much, Gunta. Yes, that shower scene also had the same effect on me. I couldn’t bear to go in a shower that had a curtain. πŸ˜‰ Yes, I think Daniel Craig is the best yet. Loved him in the Olympic opening ceremony. πŸ˜€

  14. Excuses, excuses, Gilly. James says that he’ll only be interested once your body is nicely toned after lots of cold showers, so let me know and I’ll pass on the message. πŸ˜†

  15. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ you are so funny! I feel I should give it a go but you know my memory isn’t very good and I’m a bit worried that by the morning somehow I might have forgotten! Of course if you could arrange for James to be there to help warm me up . . .

  16. Funny, I’d never heard about James and his icy showers – and it’s so long ago I can’t remember what started me on them, way back when, but until I came here to live in Sri Lanka, where cold water out of a tap is impossible to find unless you’re in Nuwara Eliya, a cold water rinse was my morning tonic for years. A couple of friends believed me – in the summer, at least!

  17. Why are all those people at Machu Picchu lying flat out on the grassy area? Are they suffering from lack of oxygen? Did they hike the trail up there? Or were they flattened by a shower made of ice?

  18. Photos of you in shorts and sleeveless top, had half of us taking cold showers in any case… and not to boost the libido but to dampen it… lol…

  19. Very informative post. I think Sean Connery was the best James Bond. A cold shower is great on a hot humid day, but could not do it in the winter.


  20. Oh – I laughed when I got the psycho picture!

    This is a fantastic post and you’ve put a lot of great information here.

    It was minus 6 degrees here this morning and as much as I’d love to have the cold shot at the end of the shower I don’t think I can bring myself to do it until at least spring time (and when I scream out your name in the shower I’m sure my hubby will come running to see if I’m okay) πŸ™‚

  21. I am going to take a deep breath and try this, right now! I’ll get back to you.. πŸ™‚

  22. That reminds me of the “torture” I endured some years back when I spent 3 days at the Hydro. You have to sit in a sort of “bum” bath of hot water and move to one of cold water every time a bell rings. After about 3 or 4 rounds of this some mean and nasty woman comes in and turns a fireman’s hose on you blasting you with ice cold water. This was supposed to be good for me but it did not feel like it at the time.

    • Hahaha. That certainly does sound like torture, optie. I’m sure you’ll never know the benefits you derived from your harsh treatment. πŸ˜†

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