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Anyone take cold showers, ice baths or swim in cold water for the health benefits?

Ive probably only had 6 hot showers in the past 3 years. It sucks....until its over. Then it feels amazing. I find the routine of intentionally subjecting myself to discomfort very beneficial for the mind.
 

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Anyone take cold showers, ice baths or swim in cold water for the health benefits?

Ive probably only had 6 hot showers in the past 3 years. It sucks....until its over. Then it feels amazing. I find the routine of intentionally subjecting myself to discomfort very beneficial for the mind.
What’s your procedure? Do you jump in the shower and just turn on the cold water, or do you inch it down till you can’t stand it anymore?
 

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Sometimes I take a cold shower just to see if I’m mentally strong enough to do it. It’s not so bad after the first minute. At some point the water almost feels warm.

it feels about as rewarding as completing a workout.
 

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What’s your procedure? Do you jump in the shower and just turn on the cold water, or do you inch it down till you can’t stand it anymore?
Usually a bucket bath. If very cold (atmospheric) I do lower body first.

My gas is off so its whatever the tap is at. Coldest I remember measuring this season was 52 degrees.
 

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do you inch it down till you can’t stand it anymore?

I inch it down and work myself up mentally. It’s interesting the conversation that you have with yourself while your doing it.
 

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I inch it down and work myself up mentally. It’s interesting the conversation that you have with yourself while your doing it.
Lol thats funny. I almost always get vocal aloud.
 

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Gotta have my hot shower in the morning and I have been feeling very grateful to have that luxury. The days of proving to myself how tuff I am's are past me now. Matter of fact, I get little joy being cold anymore. Hot and humid days I'll give myself a cold rinse head to toe.
 

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Gotta have my hot shower in the morning and I have been feeling very grateful to have that luxury. The days of proving to myself how tuff I am's are past me now. Matter of fact, I get little joy being cold anymore. Hot and humid days I'll give myself a cold rinse head to toe.
There's one major reason I moved south.
 

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There's one major reason I moved south.
With what Masshole government is planning on doing by making everything more expensive and the warmer climate, The thought of heading down that way has been popping up often.
 

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With what Masshole government is planning on doing by making everything more expensive and the warmer climate, The thought of heading down that way has been popping up often.
Highly recommend. Look at the neighbors-
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Spent a little time in the Far East, first two weeks of a 6 week tour the showers had ZERO hot water, venture a guess, it was upper 30's low 40's.

Finally asked the GM what the deal was with the cold showers, he laughed, and said that it was the best way to cut down on the water bill and the electric bill.

Cheap bastards.
 

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Spent a little time in the Far East, first two weeks of a 6 week tour the showers had ZERO hot water, venture a guess, it was upper 30's low 40's.

Finally asked the GM what the deal was with the cold showers, he laughed, and said that it was the best way to cut down on the water bill and the electric bill.

Cheap bastards.
Buddy of mine (RIP Ron)went to Antarctica to do some work. Said they were limited to 2 - 2 minute showers a week.
 

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OMG....this brought me to tears laughing my ass off. Her little shriek's of anguish every time she got a little deeper into the water, plus his uncontrollable laughter about pitched me outta my chair.....

:belly laugh:
 

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BTW.....I dont often take cold showers. In the summer when its hot I'll start out with a luke warm shower and get cleaned up then slowly reduce the hot to the point where its all cold.
When I was a young man I had a relative who had a cabin up near Yampa CO. They had built a sauna right next to the Yampa river and we would sit in the sauna then jump into the ice cold river. Very invigorating.
 

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I live 25 miles from town. In the summer when its +100, I strip off on the back porch at the end of the day, wet myself w the hose, soap up, then rinse off.

I like the breeze on my dangleeeee bits. sometimes (usually) I sit nekkid at the picnic table and drink beer til im dry.
 

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There was a guy in Maine that only had an outdoor shower. Unthinkable to me.

I used to lake swim in CT in my 20's which enabled me to slowly acclimate to the Atlantic of of Maine.....it took 2 years though. That water is COLD! I could do some cold swims in nice weather but still can't see myself ever intentionally going into the water in winter like people did for annual events. Crazy to ponder how strong some people's minds are.
 

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BTW.....I dont often take cold showers. In the summer when its hot I'll start out with a luke warm shower and get cleaned up then slowly reduce the hot to the point where its all cold.
When I was a young man I had a relative who had a cabin up near Yampa CO. They had built a sauna right next to the Yampa river and we would sit in the sauna then jump into the ice cold river. Very invigorating.
Yeah the shrieks really let you know shes not faking!
 

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Most people just jump in, scream, then get out quickly.
 

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I have fell in the river beaver trapping before, in winter, and filled up my chest waders, I know how it goes. Shrivels up the ole bean sack right now!

Then theres taking the waders off, emptying em out, put em back on, and the walk back to the truck. I dont trap beavers anymore. One time I about didnt make it to the truck, got all warm and cozy in my waders and wanted to lay down on the ground and take a nap. thats a bad sign.

:sick
 

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I have fell in the river beaver trapping before, in winter, and filled up my chest waders, I know how it goes. Shrivels up the ole bean sack right now!

Then theres taking the waders off, emptying em out, put em back on, and the walk back to the truck. I dont trap beavers anymore. One time I about didnt make it to the truck, got all warm and cozy in my waders and wanted to lay down on the ground and take a nap. thats a bad sign.

:sick
Doesnt some like a bad way to go iffin y'er ready however.
 

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Doesnt some like a bad way to go iffin y'er ready however.
It sounds like a shit way to go to me

I want to go like Irons......................... hookers and blow!

He wears chest waders too, its only a matter of time.

:2 thumbs up:
 

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It sounds like a shit way to go to me

I want to go like Irons......................... hookers and blow!

He wears chest waders too, its only a matter of time.

:2 thumbs up:
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There are no health benefits to anything cold.

Except Ice Cream.

I have been boycotting the Arctic Circle for 30 years!
 

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Cold showers may help boost weight loss
Some fat cells, such as brown fat, can generate heat by burning fat. They do this when your body is exposed to cold conditions like in a shower. ... So, perfect for showers! Google it.
 

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I do like Oldmansmith - flip the water to max cold on my head and work over the rest of the body for a few minutes. Been doing this for years. No worries about stepping out of the shower into a cold room after that! Very similar to what Scandinavians do going from the sauna to the snow bank, heat opens the pores and sweats flushes out the gunk, cold slams the pores shut like right now!
 

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When I was 4 years old, my father got a Fulbright Fellowship to teach in Manila, Philippines.

The maid used to sit me in the kitchen sink, and pour a kettle of very cold tap water over me for "bath-time".

I never got over it... and can NOT STAND putting my body in cold water. No cold showers, no cold water (or snow) after a sauna, no swimming in the North Atlantic, the California Pacific etc... even the Mediterranean... Even swimming pools are too cold...

But Miami-Ft.Lauderdale was ok, Cancun was fine. Venezuela was THE BEST... (90s...)

I almost faint when I watch the "Polar-Bear-Clubs" cut a hole in the ice and take a dip at New Years...

I'll stink up the place if there's no hot water available. (Even repaired water heaters at places we were staying, haha!) And the settings on my water heater are scalding - with a stern warning to all who come in (especially kids). I want to be able to refill my bathtub with boiling water when it starts cooling down...

Come out lobster-red, totally relaxed. Perhaps I was Japanese in a past life...
 
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Perhaps I was Japanese in a past life...
Maybe your just a girl, or a fag. They can sort you in the army.


They have money for that now.
 

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It sounds like a shit way to go to me

I want to go like Irons......................... hookers and blow!

He wears chest waders too, its only a matter of time.

:2 thumbs up:
Nobody lives forever.

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