Cold Shower Challenge!

3 years, 8 months ago

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 :)

June 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm

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Profile photo of daveb daveb (@daveb) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

OK I’m in. I will have to use the “ready GO” system, where you don’t take any time getting set. that’s where delays happen (1, 2, 3 . . . wait I’ll go on 5 . . .)

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Profile photo of sean sean (@seano) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

From my experience, it’s a lot easier transitioning to cold showers by starting the shower out hot for a minute or two… get used to it, then slowly adjust the knob until it’s cold. It definitely doesn’t shock my body as much as going straight into the cold, and since the majority of the shower is in cold water anyways the benefits are still there.

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Profile photo of Ramo Ramo (@ramo) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

@Em, I’m talking JUST the cold water knob but my “cold” water could actually be slightly warmer than the “cold” water of somebody else because it’s summer here. I guess it would be fair to check how cold the “cold” water really is and post it up here so we can compare.

@Davor, Well the only thing I know about the downside of cold showers is that in the beginning you can get a headache quite quickly if you keep your head under the cold water for too long.

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Profile photo of Dustin Dustin (@dobbyfisher) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

@Davor

haha, thanks bud for the motivation!

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

No problem man, any time…I hope you’ll make your way through the cold. :)

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Profile photo of Alex Eastman Alex Eastman (@alex) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

@Zon If you shower in the winter with cold water, maybe.
also, as a society, we’re too clean. When hygiene goes too far your body isn’t confronted by the things that make you sick and you lose immunity to some things, and then you get sick more because of it. That’s why germaphobia is kind of pointless. It will only get you sick more often.
Not saying that I don’t shower, jus saying that a little less soap suds wont hurt :)

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Profile photo of Carla Saunders Carla Saunders (@cmsaunders) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

OK… So I’m kind of in love with my scalding showers, but what’s the worst that can happen.

You’re on Alex!

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Profile photo of Em Em (@emily) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

Day 1: Honestly it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be… makes for shorter showers & less daydreaming about nothing.
@Ramo—this was bc my cold water wasn’t “that” cold since it’s summer :) If it were January, it would sound like I was being slaughtered in there bc I would’ve been screaming the whole time :)
@Dustin—thanks…the Rocky Theme song made it that much easier :)

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Profile photo of Dustin Dustin (@dobbyfisher) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

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.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

i have found standing directly under the shower right when u turn it on is the easiest way, instead of haveing the water running and then trying to get in. like jumping in a cold pool vs. easing in.

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Profile photo of Em Em (@emily) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

Yeah there is no denying the present!! I could slit someone’s throat with my nips ha! I’m down for doing it again in the winter.. geez that’ll be painful :) I feel so much more awake though–thanks for posting this challenge Alex :)

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Profile photo of Matt P Matt P (@mkp843) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

Try this… when get in the shower and say to yourself, first: ‘This isn’t going to bother me at all’ , very camly get in and say ‘this doesn’t bother me at all’ , try to avoid all the cringing and psycic yourself out, cause then when you jump in your almost freaking out lol .. just concentrate on how your nerves feel, tell yourself it’s just a feeling, not cold.. I’m only on day 3 now lol.. or you could cheat and not make the water freezing! :)

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Profile photo of Ramo Ramo (@ramo) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

One downside to these showers is that your dicks shrinks but don’t worry, it won’t last ;)
Also, make sure the bathroom is heated before you take the shower, stepping into a cold room after a cold shower is not pleasant. If I make it through this challenge I will definitely do it again in the winter. I’ll let y’all know how I’m doing in a couple of days :)

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

Yeah, that a nasty temporary downside. :D

Because I start taking cold showers before this 30 day challenge, i will keep taking them after my 30 days expires.
Masochistic as I am by nature, i can’t wait colder weather to see how i will feel after taking a cold shower.
Could say everything i do in life in past few months i take as a challenge to improve myself.

All started when i discovered HE. :) Love this place ;)

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Profile photo of Rain Rain (@rain) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

Omg….

So. I showered. Cold. And I literally laughed, lol. And thought of all of you.
*no, I will not divulge the contents of said thoughts….as much as I worry about the wisdom of letting the imaginations of some of you run wild…*

It was fun. Exhilirating. I could not KEEP doing it, for like, life, you know, sorry, but my curly hair needs warm wetness to absorb moisture. However, for my body, and my rinse off, I could see using cold water more often. I enjoyed it.
:)

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Profile photo of Rain Rain (@rain) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

Omg….

So. I showered. Cold. And I literally laughed, lol. And thought of all of you.
*no, I will not divulge the contents of said thoughts….as much as I worry about the wisdom of letting the imaginations of some of you run wild…*

It was fun. Exhilirating. I could not KEEP doing it, for like, life, you know, sorry, but my curly hair needs warm wetness to absorb moisture. However, for my body, and my rinse off, I could see using cold water more often. I enjoyed it.
:)

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

Challenge accepted! Also, going to do pushups and sit-ups afterwards to warm up.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

Challenge accepted! Also, going to do pushups and sit-ups afterwards to warm up.

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Profile photo of Tobias Valdemar Broe Knudsen Tobias Valdemar Broe Knudsen (@2bias) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

ever since i read that article i’ve been taking only cold showers – it feels incredible and after a few weeks of it the cold becomes less unbearable and i’m beginning to rather enjoy it! :D

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Profile photo of Ryan Atlas Ryan Atlas (@atlas) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

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!

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Profile photo of Gaz Gaz (@omgaz) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

I just took my first cold shower… maybe a little too cold. I was having to take very short sharp breaths; it’s over 30 deg. Celsius ATM so quite a temperature shock. Will attempt another tomorrow :)

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Profile photo of Em Em (@emily) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

@Gaz–that’s how my breathing is too!
Day 3: I thought it was going to be getting easier ..but no. I realized today though that if you kind of cross your legs & pee on yourself it can warm you up a bit :)

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Profile photo of Ramo Ramo (@ramo) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

Em, don’t do that. I mean I visualize everything…man..just don’t do that XD.

Anyhow, you’re supposed to go cold during the first minute, just don’t get out of the shower before you notice that you’re body is warming itself up again because that’s sort of the point.
It isn’t much easier for me yet either.

I do notice that after a cold shower I feel more refreshed but slightly less clean. I guess starting of warm and finishing cold would be ideal in that respect but still, the shock would be greater I guess. My skin is getting better and better though.

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Profile photo of James James (@jameslarson13) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

i took two today and i felt like my mind was clearer and i could think faster

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Profile photo of Hausenfoffer Hausenfoffer (@hausenfoffer) 3 years, 8 months ago ago

After taking a shower outside in -6 degrees Celcius during the winter, I am up for this challenge. Awesome idea, glad you suggested it and people are up for it! I am going to regret this in the morning, but who knows :)

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