The Navy Seals are pretty much the most badass military unit on the planet.
From a ridiculous training regimen that tests your body to the absolute limit, to operations in the most dangerous war-torn places in the world, Navy Seals put it all on the line to defend our freedom.
So anytime we have the opportunity to listen to some advice from a Navy Seal, we should take it.
Clint Emerson, former Navy Seal and author of the new book 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation, offers some pretty interesting guide to self-care and keeping your body fresh.
Here’s Emerson on the subject,
“Cold water will wake you up, without a doubt, and it will keep you awake. But it has more health benefits than anything else. In SEAL training you spend a lot of time in cold water and there’s actually some science to the madness of putting us in cold water. One, the reason professional athletes do it all the time after a workout is it increases recovery. It vasoconstricts the entire body, squeezing out all of that lactic acid so that you can feel good to go the next day and be ready for the next day training.
“That cold water is therapy. Even though it was torture, it’s therapy so that it keeps you healthy, keeps your joints and inflammation down, vasoconstricts everything down and allows you to keep moving forward, hopefully without any more injury.”
Sounds like a pretty damn intense way to cool down at the end of the day. We know about the benefits of showering before you go to bed, but cold showers?
But heck, if Emerson is saying we should do it, it might be a good idea to go ahead and adopt this into our daily routine and crank the cold water up.