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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@Tine Yeah, cold showers are THE most effective wakeup call. I’ve read that it’s due to a survival mechanism that’s there to prevent drowning and freezing. Another thing that works when you’re tired or down is to press at your solar plexus, though I’ve heard this can be dangerous. This isn’t due to a reflex or such though, it’s more because you’re pressing at a gland or a certain nerve cluster, don’t remember exactly.
Cold showers are the shit though.
I used to take cold showers in the winter when living in Lithuania, as winters where pretty cold and I was a lot outside it helped me to endure the cold and even make it feel less cold during those days.
Next best thing after vodka ;)
It is a matter of pulling through and tolerance will develop, it is however in my opinion never a 100% pleasurable experience but the benefits are, so to me worth it.
About to hit two weeks in a few days, I honestly love this experience. I do have trouble though, getting into the shower at the crack of dawn to start my day… just doesn’t mix well sometimes so I’ve been trying the warm to cold regiment every now and then. Does anyone else get the feeling of taking on your day like your Leonidas from 300!? HA I might be a tad crazy and to be frank, it does wake me up like a swift kick in the nuts.
I originally attempted this challenge a year ago and made it about two weeks before I went back to warm showers. When I first started, I literally couldn’t even take proper breaths. I made another attempt at this as of two weeks ago and it’s been going really well so far. Mornings are no fun since I find myself staring at the water for several minutes before I really jump in (but never had any regrets afterwards). Night showers are awesome because I usually take them after a long workout so I’m able to jump straight in.
Like many others have said… can’t wait until winter to see how I react to the freezing water. I definitely see myself making a permanent change to cold water though.
I’ve been trying this out as well. I can’t go into a cold shower; my breathing becomes too shallow. But having lukewarm water running, getting in, and then turning it cold feels fantastic. Early in the morning it really gets me ready for work. I try to take a jog first (something else I’m just starting), but not always.
I realize I’m a little late to the party (pretty typical for me) but I’m on day 3 and I’m pumped to keep going. Reading this thread just makes me want to take another shower :P I will admit though that I’ve only been rinsing off with the temp at freezing. Guess it’s time to step my game up
I’ve been taking cold showers for the past four days since my skin has been dry and I’m already noticing better results! Therefore I’m going to take on your challenge and attempt to go for 30 days.. or as long as I last :)
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 :)
Yea, my water won’t even get cold enough to bother me… I’ve been doing them everyday tho! We shall see in the winter time! … that whole idea of telling myself it’s just a feeling and trying to observe the feeling might go out the window and I’ll be dancing in the shower like a madman… lol :)
I’ve reached a point where I have become accustomed to the cold water to such a degree (pun intended) that I start daydreaming in the shower again. So much for being present in the moment… Maybe the water just isn’t cold enough.
Been taking cold showers for a week now, let’s just say I’ve had severe depression for the past 6 months and after my first cold shower I was feeling incredible. Been extremely happy the entire week, all the sad and suicidal thoughts have vanished. Anyone know why this happened exactly? Anyone with similar experiences?
For those who haven’t seen it, here’s my video of the TEST on Day 31 of the Challenge.