Hot or cold showers?

Tue, Jan 9, 2018 8:44 AM

I've seen plenty of articles over the years of the health benefits of cold showers, and every time I think I'm going to give it a try. After the first attempt I quickly back down and go back to fully hot showers.

Anyone take cold showers? Have you noticed any improvements in health and well being?

https://www.menshealth.com/style/cold-shower-health-benefits

https://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/01/18/the-james-bond-shower-a-shot-of-cold-water-for-health-and-vitality/

  • Tue, Jan 9, 2018 9:03 AM

    Cold showers are for psychotics

    Tue, Jan 9, 2018 9:05 AM

    Generally its a hot shower in the morning.  On the weekends if I do a lot of hard work i will take a hot shower but end it with cool shower.  In the summer after hard labor working in the yard, spliting wood, gardening in the heat of the day it alway refreshing to take a cool type shower. It seems that I have less muscle soreness. 

    Note; When I get Migraines I do the hot and cold shower on the back of my neck and head. "hot/coldimmersion therapy", painful but for me somewhat of a relief 

    Tue, Jan 9, 2018 9:52 AM
    posted by ernest_t_bass

    Cold showers are for psychotics

    This reminds me, I need to install that garbage disposal I bought a while back.

    Tue, Jan 9, 2018 10:23 AM

    Warm shower for me. It doesn't have to be hot just not cold.

    Tue, Jan 9, 2018 11:16 AM
    posted by justincredible

    I've seen plenty of articles over the years of the health benefits of cold showers, and every time I think I'm going to give it a try. After the first attempt I quickly back down and go back to fully hot showers.

    Anyone take cold showers? Have you noticed any improvements in health and well being?

    https://www.menshealth.com/style/cold-shower-health-benefits

    https://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/01/18/the-james-bond-shower-a-shot-of-cold-water-for-health-and-vitality/

    The benefits in the mens health article was hardly scientific, and completely ancedotal. "I got my morning back", lol what the fuck is that? You taking 90 min showers dude?

    In general, the human body is an amazing machine that is really adaptable. In the summers I generally take cold showers, esp if camping, as it can get hot AF, they're fine but I don't notice any super human abilities afterwards.

    Tue, Jan 9, 2018 11:22 AM

    I don't have to mentally prepare for the day like bad ass Jocko Willink and live in a first world country, so I'll take a warm to hot shower, the last minute or so, I'll cool the water down so I'm not sweating prior to the towel. 

    Tue, Jan 9, 2018 11:28 AM

    Hot and......hot.   even when it's 120 plus a warm shower still feels look.  

    Tue, Jan 9, 2018 12:05 PM
    posted by Commander of Awesome

    The benefits in the mens health article was hardly scientific, and completely ancedotal. "I got my morning back", lol what the fuck is that? You taking 90 min showers dude?

    I'd probably gain 5-6 minutes each morning if I cranked the water temp down. Granted, that's a far cry from "getting my morning back" but it would be nice.

    Tue, Jan 9, 2018 12:22 PM
    posted by Verbal Kint

    I don't have to mentally prepare for the day like bad ass Jocko Willink and live in a first world country, so I'll take a warm to hot shower, the last minute or so, I'll cool the water down so I'm not sweating prior to the towel. 

    Precisely.

    Tue, Jan 9, 2018 12:41 PM

    Why would anyone want to take a cold shower?

    Tue, Jan 9, 2018 12:42 PM
    posted by Laley23

    Why would anyone want to take a cold shower?

    The biggest draw to me right now is how dry my skin gets in the winter. Cold showers are supposed to help that.

    Tue, Jan 9, 2018 12:47 PM
    posted by justincredible

    The biggest draw to me right now is how dry my skin gets in the winter. Cold showers are supposed to help that.

    That makes sense, but I just have my wife put lotion on my back. That’s really the only thing that dries out.

    Tue, Jan 9, 2018 1:55 PM

    Hottest showers possible for me. I look like a lobster afterward, but I don't care. I get dry skin in the winter, but I use good body lotion/cream/butter and am good to go. 

    If I spend a bunch of money on pink or purple hair, I'll wash and rinse in cool water, but the rest of my shower is still hot. 

    Tue, Jan 9, 2018 3:48 PM
    posted by Laley23

    That makes sense, but I just have my wife put lotion on my back. That’s really the only thing that dries out.

    Is that before or after your mud mask?

    Tue, Jan 9, 2018 7:23 PM
    posted by thavoice

    Is that before or after your mud mask?

    And boom goes the dynamite 

    Tue, Jan 9, 2018 7:45 PM
    posted by justincredible

    The biggest draw to me right now is how dry my skin gets in the winter. Cold showers are supposed to help that.

    Tue, Jan 9, 2018 8:08 PM

    I rememeber Azu used to post about the benefits of cold showers.  I tried, and decided naw. 

    Tue, Jan 9, 2018 8:21 PM

    The trendy folks touting cold showers in the winter must be the same ones who advise hot showers in the summer to "cool you off".   I've had friends who swear it's true.  Yeah, right.  I did it once one summer morning before work, and I was still sweating 2 hours after I got to my office.  Miserable.  Never again.

    Warm shower in the winter (with a minute or two of hot at the end), and cool-to-cold showers in the summer.  The logical way.  The right way.

    Wed, Jan 10, 2018 12:37 PM

    cold showers are for poor people

    Thu, Jan 11, 2018 11:21 AM
    posted by Zunardo

    The trendy folks touting cold showers in the winter must be the same ones who advise hot showers in the summer to "cool you off".   I've had friends who swear it's true.  Yeah, right.  I did it once one summer morning before work, and I was still sweating 2 hours after I got to my office.  Miserable.  Never again.

    Warm shower in the winter (with a minute or two of hot at the end), and cool-to-cold showers in the summer.  The logical way.  The right way.

    I took many a warm shower after 110 to 125 degrèe days and they do cool ya off.

     

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