How is everyone’s cold shower challenge going?

Moni (@moni) 9 years, 10 months ago

How do you feel in general?
I’ve noticed that besides feeling very invigorated I’ve become happier. I used to get depressed and was very depressed before I started the challenge. Maybe 2-3 weeks into the challenge I’ve read that cold showers are good for people suffer from depression. I’m blown away. =))

March 13, 2012 at 4:13 am
Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

I don’t take necessarily cold showers because my metabolism is already at record speeds, but I have toned down the temperature quite a bit. I’ve noticed my skins smoother and a much more refreshing feeling afterwards.

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omer (4) (@photonist) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Its been 13-15 ~ days since i took warm water out of my life. I dont even use it to wash my hands. At first my hand and feet would hurt like hell. Now my feet arent even hurting tiny bit. But i get the brainfreeze like feeling in my head but i like to do some self-dicipline by resisting that pain. It sometimes even makes me want to scream though. And i mostly had cold baths btw interestingly cold baths are way more easier than cold showers i dont get that initial shock in cold bath maybe its because there isnt pressure on water to make things worse. but in the cold baths(sometimes i also added ice +salt) my feet and hand they would hurt so bad that i wanted to scream.

At first i was able to stay 8-9 minutes in cold bath and after 8mins i would actually see hypothermia coming. My face would start to tingle facial expressions gets slowed down., I feel funny (my body is fully immersed except my head). Now i am able to stay in cold water for 25minutes without feeling that silence before the hypothermia storm. I want to try 27 minutes tomorrow.

Besides of the mental, emotional benefits i noticed cold showers and cold baths really made me more resistant to cold weather i dont wear my coat in 30min walking distances and kind of try to train myself.

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1.61803399 (247) (@drunkmonkmeth) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

challenge?

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Cam (1) (@koolaid) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

^This

Coincidentally I have started taking cold showers recently though. I’m only about 5 days in but I feel more awake in the mornings and got rid of my dandruff.

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Anonymous (6) (@) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

stupid temperature gauges on the showers at my uni dont allow the temperature to go cold! it sucks! going home next week for a month though so going to start then, had cold showers for a couple of days a few months back and loved the results of them after only a short period of time so who knows what a month might do!

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Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Now that the weather is warming up I’ll be jumping back on this bandwagon. ;) I’ll report back!

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Damasias (21) (@nan0fire) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Crushed it! :D But now i’m back mostly to warm showers and sometimes the last minute cold.

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stonedragon (143) (@stonedragon21) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

im just washing my ass with cold water in the morning in the bidet. it has the same effect as a shower, the french call it ‘bain derivative’. it is an old well known cure for lots of things.
the entire shower idea is too much for me. good luck all you brave people!

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AtheismGod (1,762) (@zonetti) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

16 days remaining… I think it will become a habit.

It feels good, it’s like the feeling of jumping in a cold pool everyday, it’s refreshing, literally :D

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Filip (2,818)M (@filipek) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

I started with this ‘challenge’ approximately 1,5 week ago. First of all, I started to decrease my overall shower temperature, which is a couple degrees lower than it used to be before. Then I end my showers (1 or 2 minutes) with a cold shower. Not icecold yet, but cold enough to make my breathing go a lot faster. I am not planning (yet) on making my whole showertime a cold one, since I prefer to wash my self in a warmer temperature, but I definitely week fresher and more awake every morning. As long as I end my shower cold, I think it does not matter so much whether I begin warmer.

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Dom (78) (@dominickjohn) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

I read of another showering technique where you go 4 minutes hot/warm water then 30 seconds cold water, back and forth about 3 or 4 times.

The hot water sends blood to the skin, and the cold sends blood to the major organs…. supposed to be extremely good for circulation by pinging focus back and forth like that.

I just love my hot showers too much, so this will have to do ;)

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Pata (4) (@odjur) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Ill be gettin back to the cold showers soon cuz the water outside is startin to warm up.

I really only do this cold water stuff for one purpose. Energy!! Anythin else is just a positive side effect.

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Kayla (28) (@tangerinesky624) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Does anyone have any experience/advice about just ending your shower cold? I generally take warm showers for about 10 minutes and then for the last 2-3 minutes I switch to cold to wash my face and rinse out my hair.

One thing I’ve found is my face has been much clearer with the cold water, but I’m curious if I can still reap the benefits from doing this or if I should go full blown freezing cold shower the whole time?

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Pata (4) (@odjur) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Yeah Kayla that works too. Its called a James Bond shower.

Of course it has benefits but probably not as much as goin fullon cold. but i bet it has other benefits that a all cold shower dont. Do what works best for you. Experience is knowledge an the rest is just info that can be right or wrong.

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Tom (39) (@lonewanderer) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

I gave up on this last week, as the idea of a cold shower when i was really tired did not sound nice to me. For a half a week i managed to have a cold shower, not very cold as i still had a slight bit of warm water on as otherwise it is like being in freezing water in the middle of winter. Even at this cold temperature i had it at it felt very good so i guess i will try again to complete the challenge sometime.

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West (78) (@west) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

I’ve been taking cold showers for 2 months now (except for a few days when I came down with the flu). At first I tried add some hot water on the dial to keep myself from gasping in the cold water, but now cold doesn’t bother me. My skin feels healthier, my hair feels thicker, I feel more energized. Some days I still have those moments where I look at the cascading water before I get up the nerve to step in and wonder “why am I doing this to myself?” Cold showers are great though. At first, it’s not so fun. I remember being shocked by the cold and shivering the whole time. Now I can take a 10 minute shower in the coldest water possible without feeling uncomfortable at all.

I don’t know the science of cold water’s effects on the body, but I know I will be taking cold showers for a long time. I started it as more of a practice of self discipline, but it does feel like a much more natural way to get clean. I feel that I am more clean and healthy without hot water, not to mention, I save a lot of water because I get out of the shower as soon as I’m done.

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omer (4) (@photonist) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

I take both cold showers and ice baths. I noticed the evidence-suggested testosterone boosting effects of cold therapy i think. I lately get pissed off in every little stuff and that is really really not me being in an angry mood. I am much more competitive, it is really great way to practice and improve self-dicipline. I also did a t-shirt & shorts running for 35mins today in 5celcius weather. I dont know if its me or if its just the cold shower but somehow cold showers made me aware of my survival instincts and by which the competitive urges and a source of energy. and i dont feel like to ignore the challange and get back to my comfort and laziness zone.

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