Is anyone here taking cold showers?

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May 26, 2016
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I heard about the health benefits of cold showers from a few different places, then read more on Return of Kings and ignorelimits.com. Although I didn't see much real science, the anecdotal evidence was undeniable. Increased focus, metabolism, testosterone, etc. I decided to give it a go.

So I am about a month in to this experiment, and it's kindof how you would imagine. It's extremely uncomfortable, but oddly soothing. It's the first thing I think about when I wake up, and it's not a happy thought. I don't fret for long. I get out of bed, do some sit ups and push ups to try to warm my core, turn the handle way right, and jump in.

At first, my screams would scare my wife and wake the kids. But I have calmed down. I just try to keep breathing as the icy water covers my body from heads to toes. I stay under for as long as I can, then move out of the way and soap up. Then I get under again and rinse. It's like a forced meditation. I focus on my breath and, sometimes, the water actually starts to feel warmer. When I turn off the water and step out, the cold is gone instantly, and my body feels electrified.

The lasting effects are hard to describe, but I can feel how it changes my whole day. No need for coffee at all, but I sometimes drink it for the comfort. Mentally, I feel more at ease. Focused, but calm. It's like the hardest part of my day is over first so the rest seems easier. Physically, I feel more alive and aware. Probably due to increased circulation and metabolism. It seems to be helping shed pounds -- and there is some science to back this up. Also, I had been experiencing some mild E.D., and that is very much gone. But a lot of other things are changing from my MRP efforts so I can't say for sure that is from the cold showers. It might just be from more sex.

I actually decided to end the experiment last week because, obviously, its ridiculous. But after the initial euphoria of my first hot shower faded, I felt soft-served and weak-sauce, so I cranked it back to freezing and stood there as long as I could take it - trying not to scream like a little girl.

This type of thing seems in line with MRP principles, but I don't think I've heard it mentioned here. Has anyone else here tried cold showering? I'm dying to find someone, most people think it's bat-shit-crazy, but I swear it's helping. Thoughts?


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Title Is anyone here taking cold showers?
Author SubPrimeMate
Upvotes 13
Comments 32
Date 26 May 2016 03:52 AM UTC (4 years ago)
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[–]6482626 points7 points  (0 children) | Copy

I think this is mostly a stoic exercise instead of any scientific testosterone boosting exercise. That's not to take anything away from it - if you feel an effect from it then it's all good in my book.

[–]WhiteTrashKillerRed Beret3 points4 points  (3 children) | Copy

I alternate between hot and cold as it is one if the only things that will help migraines. Don't know if there is any science to it, but after a day of feeling like shit and in the past being bed ridden at times it kinda shocks my brain back into functioning properly.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Breathing in and out of a bag will also eliminate migraines. This is not written as a joke. Im serious.

[–]rocknrollchuck0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

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(Dr. Jonathan V. Wright - Treasury of Natural Cures)

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

For nearly two years - every day - Ive been taking cold showers (a.m.) Its done owners for skin tone, muscle soreness and mental toughness. I live in a northern climate and even do it in the winter

[–]IASGame2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

I do it. It doesn't take me much willpower because I don't like showers regardless.

I breathe more deeply first on the temperature shock, then it normalizes.

I think it helps not build up lactic acid on the muscles, everything else may be placebo effect but whatever.

[–]SubPrimeMate[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

The screaming was an exaggeration for humor. It's more of a gasp. But the challenge is to stand calmly. There is actual research that it stimulates weight loss, but the rest is probably placebo.

[–]ex_addict_broRed Beret1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

I took for three months. It actually made my dieting harder as I was more prone to sugar cravings after. Now I just diet and lift compound and this is way better. Cold showers are nice and they make you feel like a mofo but they don't really fix anything. Bonus point, now I am not afraid to swim in cold water outside.

[–]SubPrimeMate[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

they make you feel like a mofo

True dat.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I do it from time to time. Usually after hot shower.

I see it just as an exercise for my will. And of course it is a James Bond routine!

[–]ReddJiveRed Beret1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I do it all the time in the summer.

Fuck doing that in the winter though. I may get one or a two a month in the winter.

I haven't notice a difference other then dropping my core temp to something more comfortable in the summer.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

I've had enough cold pusher showers for a lifetime.

I'm already used to pain, I want to try this comfort thing for a while, feelsgood.jpg

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[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (4 children) | Copy

I want one/to try one of those cold chambers that Joe Rogan talks about all the time.

There's something to be said for controlled distress in our constantly comfortable world. I had a friend who swore shit went downhill once air conditioning was invented.

[–]SubPrimeMate[S] 0 points1 point  (3 children) | Copy

That makes sense. Whats cool about the cold water is that it feels like you're getting your ass kicked but its not actually dangerous.

[–]UEMcGillI am become McGill, Destroyer of Blue Pill1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

I'm on mobile so I can't find it now. Joe has a woman on, Ph.D., and she talks extensively about cold shock and hot training are scientifically supported for benefits.

If I remember correctly the cold shock Instills a histamine response which helps your body heal faster after stress. It's part of the flight/fight response. Train hot, shock cold.

[–]wedsngr1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

That was dr Rhonda Patrick from foundmyfitness.com and she talks about this a lot - benefits of both sauna and cold/ice baths, with the research evidence to support it.

Edit: and google Hormesis

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Cryosauna locations! what I like about it(the thought of anyway since I haven't done it yet) is apparently having a cushion of air around you , you can drop the temp a lot lower. Air vs water it's actually a lot less painful but triggers the same response. See there I go already trying to make it comfortable. Even discomfort.

Ever submerge a sore foot/ankle in an ice bath? Work's great. After a few minutes the ice cubes feel like shards of glass. Supposed to do it for a max of 15 minutes. Tough to make it, good mental toughness exercise.

[–]sh0ckley0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I do hot, and then as cold as it goes, everyday. Yes the cold helps. In lots of ways.

[–]Scubaskillman0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammalian_diving_reflex

I worked at a dive shop in Ft. Lauderdale. We used to use this technique before deep tech dives. We had a large rinse tub that we rinsed our SCUBA gear in fresh water after dives. It was maybe 50 gallons. Maybe more. It was big Every now and then the staff would take the boat out after hours for technical deep dives. When we did that we would dump a few large bags of ice in the tub. Right before going into the water we would submerge our entire head and shoulders into the icy water. I always looked at it as a way to focus on the shit that is about to hit you in the face. The icy cold is like hitting a new max weight, shit test, or any of the bitch sauce world we live in. Every time that water hits you in the face accept the pain and shock...HOLD FRAME...

[–]SubPrimeMate[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

That is so badass. Three months later and the handful of times i havehad a warm shower, i end up feeling like a pussy and turning it back to cold. I dont even feel clean if its warm. I was trying ro figure out how and why itseems to fit with MRP principles and i think you nailed it. Hold frame and STFU. Thanks

[–]fuckmrpRed Beret-2 points-1 points  (1 child) | Copy

I like pain too.

TED Talk, cold showers

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I don't know why, the more I read you, the more I get a spot sport for you.

I read it as the best deadpan in here



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