I tried the cold shower challenge when it was warm out, and it was awesome !
But now it’s really fucking cold where I live, and when I wake up there is nothing I want more than a hot shower, and I have yet to be able to complete a cold shower. I feel like I’m going to get sick when I wake up shivering, take a cold shower, and get out shivering and stay shivering the rest of the day.
Did anybody else do this challenge while it was cold ? Was it still as empowering and beneficial ? Any tips ?
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…
No way am I going to be taking cold showers.. In the summertime, its nice (plus the ‘cold’ water is about 60* anyways)
But now, in the morning its 60* in my bathroom and the water is 34*-40*
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.
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 )
( Cold to Hot ) is when you start it cold until you cannot stand it anymore, then turn it hot. This has a couple effects, going from one extreme you do not like to the opposite feels awesome and your muscles go from extreme tightened to extreme relaxed. The goal is to make the interval you spend in the cold longer each time.
( Hot to Cold ) is when you start it Hot, let the heat soak in and your muscles relax, then set it Cold. This has similar effects mentioned above, but this seems a more advanced approach due to going from such a warm extreme to the cold. The goal would be similar to above. This is also the approach that I enjoy the most for muscle relaxing.
( Cold to Medium ) is to stand under the Cold until you cannot stand it then turn it up, slightly. I recommend this one, as the slight increase in temp tells your body… “warm”, but the water is still cool enough to be beneficial in getting used to colder temps. The goal here would be to lessen how slightly each time.
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.
Hold some nice warm towels beside your shower (warm them up on your heater over night if its on) so immediatly afterwards you can get into them :)
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 :)
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.
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@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.
@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.
I had a warm bath for the second time since I have started this challenge (8/9 months ago) a couple of days ago, and it felt so good! I tried a warm shower as well, and honestly, it sucked!!! I am so used to the cold showers right now and a hot shower does not satisfy me at all! The whole bathroom was full of steam, I was sweating when I got out of the shower and I did not feel clean at all ! So I will just stick to my cold shower routine!