Cold Shower Challenge!

3 years, 10 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 Martijn Schirp Martijn Schirp A (@martijn) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

I am still at it, feeling better everyday. Also my skin condition is slowly dissapearing! Gonna mention this in my next article!

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Profile photo of Dana Dana (@briliantlyfreakish) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

I think tomorrow I’m starting the day with a cold shower. I already wash my hair only a couple of times a week, and I don’t always wash my entire body since my arms and legs tend to dry out easily. I could definitely benefit from feeling more refreshed and awake in the morning. I wonder if it will have any effect on my mental state at all.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

I forgot this morning….time to start over. I guess i’ll start the pushups over too.

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Profile photo of Alex Eastman Alex Eastman (@alex) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

Week 2 of the pushups. Day 4 or 5 of the showers. Took a shower today the temperature of ICEWATER. freaking terrible xD

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Profile photo of Alex Eastman Alex Eastman (@alex) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

Week 2 of the pushups. Day 4 or 5 of the showers. Took a shower today the temperature of ICEWATER. freaking terrible xD

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Profile photo of Ramo Ramo (@ramo) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

@Peter Roth,
You forgot? Meaning you forgot to shower or you accidentally showered with warm water?

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Profile photo of Ramo Ramo (@ramo) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

@Peter Roth,
You forgot? Meaning you forgot to shower or you accidentally showered with warm water?

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Profile photo of Theo Lister Theo Lister (@thumbles) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

I’m really enjoying my cold showers. I’ve been having them for about three weeks. Now I’m so used to them I can’t stand hot showers or baths, which was of quite the benefit when my boiler broke and we had no hot water. I tried to convince my housemates to start taking cold showers, but sadly we’ve had no converts!

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

I first tried this a couple weeks ago, came up with some lame excuses to not do it, and then started again last week and have been taking cold showers every day since. My method is to start my shower at the temperature my roommate left it (usually very warm) and then turn the knob all the way over to as cold as it can go. I always hold my breath at first, because the cold water takes my breath away anyway.
Some observations:
At first, I took very short cold showers. Then, within a few days, the rush wasn’t as powerful, and I began to extend them. I’m at about 5-6 minutes now.
As soon as I am dry and dressed, I feel very warm, which lasts for a while. It’s not like an uncomfortable warmth, it just feels like my skin is radiating heat. This feels great when I get to the office, which is like 65 degrees.
The feeling overall is very invigorating and awesome.

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Profile photo of daveb daveb (@daveb) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

I am digging these too. I haven’t started the day with one yet – I almost never start my day with a shower as I usually get dirty at some point so I am keeping to my regular “schedule”. @briliantlyfreakish I do the same thing, I agree that it keeps my skin in great condition.

in fact this might be useful for all you young’uns out there: my complexion was pretty bad in high school – until I stopped washing and using products like a madman. As soon as I gave up fighting acne and went to washing with ivory when I was dirty it cleared up really fast – I think my body was making excess oil to combat my efforts to dry my skin.

Anyway this cold shower thing rules. this afternoon as I was getting all nasty splitting wood I was also looking forward to my cold shower. I am pretty open-minded to all possibilities, but I never thought I would write those words in that order!!

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

I Skipped my morning shower before going to work and didn’t take time to do one afternoon, so i took one just now. Right before bed.

For 3 days now I don’t have any hot water in my bathroom. :D

At least, my electric bill is going to smaller than usual. :)

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Profile photo of Em Em (@emily) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

I’m on day 5 I think…. and my skin is looking great.. my face has drastically cleared up. I don’t know if I should or shouldn’t make a causative correlation to the cold showers…but I can’t think of anything else I’m doing differently. I’m getting ready in the morning so much faster… this is all around a good thing :)

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

I shower after I run outside everyday so this will just be a DOUBLE WHAMMY of ENERGY.

Either that, or before I go to bed. Will I be able to sleep after this? :D

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Profile photo of Allan Allan (@4everlyfe) 3 years, 9 months ago ago

Day 1:
Holy. Shit. Absolutely Freezing.

Really hope it gets better haha

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Profile photo of Matt P Matt P (@mkp843) 3 years, 9 months ago ago

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 :)

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Profile photo of Tilly Tilly (@nalgo) 3 years, 9 months ago ago

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.

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Profile photo of Jonas Jonas (@jonfonn) 3 years, 9 months ago ago

I just had my first cold shower, and boy do I feel great! Although it was shocking at first (as expected), I got used to it quickly, and when I got out of the shower, I felt fantastic! Usually, I start freezing the second I turn the shower off. Now, I felt warmth radiating from the inside of my body – I can still feel it (ten minutes after)! Moreover, I found that I can drink the water directly from the shower; perfect after a workout or a good night’s sleep.

Speaking of sleep, I’m currently trying to adapt to a polyphasic sleep pattern (SPAMAYL), and I think this will be a great way to keep me awake when I need to avoid falling asleep..

I will definitely start doing cold showers regularly.

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Profile photo of Phil Drolet Phil Drolet C (@phildrolet) 3 years, 9 months ago ago

Haha! I was watching a jiu-jitsu documentary last night about a legend of the sport, Rickson Gracie. At one point in the film he is shown going into a super cold river and staying there for a few minutes, then coming out and saying how amazing he felt. I thought it was kinda cool.

Then this morning, after my morning yoga I went to shower and for some reason, there was no hot water. I thought about Rickson Gracie, and figured this was a sign and that I should just go for it. I stepped in with a warrior cry, and after the initial shock I felt started feeling vivified. I came out a few instants later feeling incredibly alive.

Then tonight I come on here, and see this thread. Haha!

I guess I’m in for the challenge as well. Gonna try and build it up to 5 minutes in the next few days!

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Rickson is a beast!

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Profile photo of James James (@jameslarson13) 3 years, 9 months ago ago

the first day i did this i just turned the cold water on so it was almost painfully cold. since then ive been turning the hot water on a little bit, so that it is still cold water, but more tolerable, and then once you get used to it you can keep making it colder. anyway, i’m about a week into this and im lovin it.

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Profile photo of Em Em (@emily) 3 years, 9 months ago ago

Oh good–james I’m doing the same exact thing, but I didn’t tell anyone bc I feel like a big p*ssy :) The first day wasn’t so bad, but then they’re so cold I can’t breathe straight and its literally painful on my scalp. Anyways, I’m with you :)

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Profile photo of Phil Drolet Phil Drolet C (@phildrolet) 3 years, 9 months ago ago

Haha Matt that’s hilarious indeed. This morning, I kept alternating between yelling and laughing out loud.

It’s definitely super challenging but knowing that other people are going through the same and getting a bit stronger everyday because of it makes it really cool.

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Profile photo of Hadley Hadley (@eehyo) 3 years, 9 months ago ago

I’ve been doing this for about a week now! It was a big adjustment because I normally have HOT showers and stand there and zone out. I’ve actually found my “happy” temp… it’s quite cold, but not FREEZING and I love feeling so alert afterwards!

I think this is definitely something I’ll keep in my life for the long term … might possibly need to reevaluate how good of an idea this is once winter rolls around though lol.

@Phil – I think about the initial facial expressions of everyone trying this when they first step in haha…

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 3 years, 9 months ago ago

Maybe I missed it, but I’m curious as to whether anyone has done this in the winter before, and how it works out, or even if it’s a good idea still. My thought is, maybe by then, I’ll have built up a tolerance?

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Profile photo of Syn.Ther. Syn.Ther. (@luna) 3 years, 9 months ago ago

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.

Peace

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