Cold Shower Challenge!
I just read all of the 50 life tips That Jordan made, and I found this one to be one that I could do. I am going to try to only take cold showers for 30 days.
So, I challenge YOU to do the same, or at least for a week. I have no doubt it will be hard to do, I take showers that are barely below scalding, so it will take some getting used to.
Post and tell me if you are going to do this too
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This challenge is easier said than done… I have to hype myself and start playing the Rocky theme song just to find the motivation to get in the water; I can understand why testosterone is increased, this is some manly stuff… or I’m just a pussy. haha.
Day 1 and my ego has shrunk drastically (among other things)… it is exhilarating though, only 29 more to go.
While someone can see this as a group challenge where they can beat others, I see it as a personal one with a reward of healthier and stronger body. That gives me enough strength to jump into cold shower. Be cool ;)
@Zon, I believe it is a myth that being in a cold environment has anything to do with catching a cold. What’s more, according to this source, taking cold showers even stimulates the immune system.
i don’t smoke.. rarely drink.. don’t do drugs… i exercise & eat healthily… but no-one, repeat, noone, will take my steaming-hot shower away from me in the morning. it is my sun that rises to wake me from zombiehoodness (wow alexa, i have that zombie-thing too — i just never realized because my brain is off until the shower :D ), my affirmation of life towards me that it loves me, and my self-confirmation that if nothing else unhealthy, i can wear down my skin’s protective layer down to only what boiling water-soap-mixture won’t sweep away. so a wholeharted suck my warmly showered &*$ to the cold-water-tap in my shower cabin! [but then... maybe 2 degrees colder tomorrow... just to see what happens... =] take care folks!
@Sean It gets easier with time. After a while you can step into an ice cold shower without problems.
One of the best things about it is the fact that it makes you breath shallowly, when you practice deep breathing in that cold your breathing improves a lot.
Anytime Em… us girls have to stick together, lol.
‘getting strong now, wont be long now, getting strong now’… haha, the lyrics are horrible, yet sooo inspirational. “gonna fly now, getting high now” haha, omg. The real inspiration to hurry up in the shower is to turn this song off :)
Seriously though, I think this challenge is well worth the effort… Besides the whole skin thing, it forces me into the chilling moment and does not let you ignore the present. We can all practice now, when the winter comes we can step it up a level.
It’s pretty hot in the UK at the moment so I’ve taken the odd cold shower here and there just for cooling off purposes. I LOVED it so I am definitely up for taking this challenge.
I’m hoping for the same effects as everyone with regards to skin looking better. It’s also totally worth it as a cold water rinse after shampooing your hair makes it shinier and smoother so I’m sure a cold shower for 5mins or so would get both hair and skin in great shape.
Been following this thread for a few days now and finally decided to join the HE community, so thank you to whoever started it. I’m in my third day and got to say it’s getting easier to just jump right in. I know this is all kind of masochist but I kind of enjoy that initial shock. After the shower I feel great. Will definitely keep doing it for at least another 27 days.
I’ve been doing it since November of last year, and haven’t looked back once. I’ve considered taking a hot shower every once in a while, especially when the water first turns on and it’s hot, but I know that if I allow myself to skip it once, I’ll eventually do it again and break the habit of cold showers. I actually did an ice bath a few weeks ago, just to see how it would go, and I got WAY too cold–when I stood up to get out, I couldn’t even walk straight.
I probably won’t be doing that one again…lol
I actually just tried this as well! I now find myself taking fewer showers because of it haha however when I do take the plunge into that cold stream of water I instantly feel refreshed and completely alive…. sometimes you just need to jump right in!
@Aaron- It’s winter here in Australia and even though the days get relatively warm, my house is always around 15 degrees (it’s an old student house). I think it definitely makes it harder.
I usually go for a quick run and do 10-15 mins of yoga in the morning before getting in the shower, so by the time I step I at least feel quite warm. After the shower though, I have to put on some super warm clothes or I stay cold ’til lunch time!
@Vic; That’s terribly interesting, and I’m sincerely glad for you! :] Not sure as to the reasoning behind it though. Placebo perhaps? Maybe more. But honestly, much love to ya <3
Every time I have a cold shower I happen to think of HE haha. &Especially the person who posted about feeling like Leonidas from 300 :p Pretty jokes.
I was reading Tim Ferris’s 4 hour body book and it goes into detail about using cold exposure for fat loss. I’ve been doing a shower now (twice this week) where I have a hot shower for like 2/3 minutes washing my body/hair etc then I put the shower down to its coldest settings (NOT FOR NEWBIES!!!) on the back of my neck then for another five minutes on the front of my chest.
According to him, they are the bodies highest producing areas of brown fat (good fat that burns the bad white fat i.e. flab) and if you do that the body, which always has to be at 37 degrees temperature will metobolise those brown fat areas faster (due to the incredibly cold showers) thereby producing far more brown fat than usual due to cold exposure and helping you lose weight. Also cold showers themselves (according to him) can increase your metobolism like 30/40% in the morning and have positive effects on muscle soreness etc too (although cold baths with ice bags are far better if your tough enough).
So far doing these cold showers I would be inclined to believe him. Im gonna add these to my newly beginning 30 day challenge
We’re no crazy. Ok, maybe a little bit. ;)
It’s my day 8 of cold showers and i’m in a phase that i can’t wait to jump into a shower.
Just hold on there, you’ll make it through! After first week or two, it’ll be a child game to jump into a cold shower.
For now just repeat in your head for 5-6 times “I’m a man, not a pussy!”. You can even shout it if you want, it’ll make even more effect on your brain.
Just do it! ;)