Cold shower challenge in the cold
I tried the cold shower challenge when it was warm out, and it was awesome !
Haha, I have a space heater next to my bed now, as it gets pretty cold in my room now. I set my alarm an hour early, just so I can turn the heater on to give it enough time to warm up when I have to get out of bed…
To me, its not empowering, its just foolish..
Yeah there’s really no way I’m gonna take a full on cold shower with this weather so I just alternate hot and cold. It still has a lot of really beneficial effects. I just put it on the hottest I can stand for about 30 seconds to a minute then the coldest I can stand it for 30 seconds to a minute and repeat 5-10 times. Personally, I find this more rejuvenating and relaxing than cold showers.
I started taking cold showers in spring so the cold weather has made it harder for me too. But to give up now would be to admit weakness especially when you’ve already realized how great a cold shower can be. What I do is get in at a moderately cold temperature for about a minute then just turn the cold all the way at once and brace myself. If I focus on my breath and the sensation of the cold water turning my body numb then I don’t mind it. Plus you feel great after you get out, and it seems to make the cold weather much more bearable.
@vernalsoul, Man up! haha jk :)
Listen up! Here ye, here ye!!
If anyone wants to really commit to such a terrible feat, I’m down
If you qualify, leggo do this!!!!!!
Yes, very, consider the physiological effects, you are acclimating yourself to a degree that is less then the temp outside the shower, therefore you are transitioning from a colder state to a warmer state, regardless the room temp, your body will be telling you… “warm”… consider the opposite, the warm shower, when you come out of the hot, wonderful shower you are going from a very warm state to a much cooler state, regardless the room temp, your body will be telling you… “cold”… it turns usually cold mornings where you shiver throughout your routine into a wide awake, energized, and not-concerned-about-the-chill awesomeness.
Try this: ( Cold to Hot ), ( Hot to Cold ), ( Cold to Medium )
When I get in, here’s what I do, I immediately get my head wet for about 5 secs then I slowly do a 360 letting the cold get everywhere. This is equivalent to, ‘diving in’ the freezing ass lake, and is always the fastest way to acclimate.
Consider this, now that you can take cold shower, how COLD can you stand it? New challenge……
Do a “James Bond” shower. Start with hot, then go cold. You will WAKE THE FUCK up.
I used to take cold showers all the time (started in the summer as well), but then with the winter it does make it more difficult. Don’t sweat it, just try and consistently go colder than the previous day. If it’s not working, then it’s too cold out and you’re just setting yourself up for failure. Repeat when it gets warm out.
and don’t make excuses, the water being too cold is the point
My advice is to start with a medium cold and then to stepwise go over to as cold as possible. Atleast this is what works for me during the cold time of the year. Afterwards you might take a short warm shower to get warm again, but just experience around a bit and you´ll get it going :)
Even stepping out from a warm shower when it is cold is… hmmmm….. Refreshing.
Well since most of you guys are doing a mix I’m gonna keep doing that as well without feeling guilty now haha [: I start it off really hot, then progress colder until it’s a little colder than I am comfortable in, and then I usually make it warm again right before getting out.
@tine, that makes sense, I always thought a hot shower would heat me up and keep me warm from the inside after getting out, but it really is the other way around.
When my water comes out it’s at or below freezing because we have a well so the water comes from outside, I think if I wasn’t careful, I could easily get mild hypothermia. So here’s what I do; first I run hot water for a minute to warm the pipes so the water isn’t ice cold, then I just turn it until it’s unreasonably cold but not dangerously cold. If you need to add a little hot water it’s absolutely acceptable, just remember you’re challenging yourself, so you know if the water isn’t cold, not us. Use your own judgement.
Also wanted to mention the cold water makes my muscles very stiff which I think is a terrible way to start the day so I’ve been making sure to do yoga afterwards to release all the tension. The combination has made my morning routine so much more fulfilling!!!
@vernalsoul, I did the cold shower for 2 months when it was in the 60s and it was great. Now it’s in the 30s I don’t have a heater, and my shower situation is about a 3 minute walk outside to get there. Sleeping in the cold, Walking in the cold, taking a cold shower, and then walking back in the cold is not ideal at all. Ill be postponing cold showers until it warms back up.
@forover100years, Wooh buddy, I cannot blame you for not wanting that much cold in your life. Best of luck to you through this winter.
@vernalsoul, Hey, hope you are well you cold shower taking nutter! Lol!
I did that once for nearly everyday, in as cold as possible. I wanted to see if I had the ‘balls’ to do it. I thought my breathe was going to leave my body when I did it. Afterwards I felt very, very calm, collected and at ease. My body felt very rejuvenated in a strange way…
Take care people and Merry Christmas to you all!
I’m in Toronto, and I still do cold showers. i’ve been doing them for more than a year now. Well, I do contrast showers now. the hottest i can handle, to the absolute coldest setting, to hot, back to cold again.
i actually find that getting out of a cold shower is easier than getting out of a hot shower in the winter. when i get out of a hot shower im freezing. when i get out of a cold shower i just feel like a greek god. i find that resistance makes it hard. if you surrender yourself to the challenge, let it swallow you whole and embrace the cold, it works.
Never forget why you’re doing it in the first place. You’re doing it to feel better. When it’s this cold, it’s just uncomfortable and if it doesn’t make you feel better, why bother? I’ve been doing the cold shower thang for most of the year, basically a part of my daily routine now, but fuck doing it in December, you’re not enjoying it for a reason.
I think it could have something to do with waking up cold. In the summer you’ll wake up hot, and if you then get in a hot shower, you’re basically still relaxing, whereas in the winter, I personally feel like I need the heat to really wake me up.
I always start with a hot shower and then switch to cold (maximum). I feel less cold for the day then before when I always had a hot shower. Also I sweat a lot less.
Just try it for a week and if you can not see any benefits from it then stick to the hot shower.
I just tried to start the cold shower challenge this morning and, living in the frozen north, I ran into this very problem. I was so happy to find this topic! I’m definitely going to try alternating between hot and cold, and I’m re-excited about the whole idea. Thanks everybody for the advice!
@vernalsoul, Since a couple of weeks I am back to a climate with temperatures reaching far below zero, have been taking cold showers just like I used to, but the water is so freezing cold that I cannot let the shower stream on my head for too long, because it simply hurts too much. It is not per se more difficult or something like that, I just cannot hold on for so long. I do not know if the pain from the cold can be harmful or not, but I rather not take the risk. I have enough time to do whatever I want to do (cleaning myself), so I just continue doing so.
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