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    I've been ending showers with 2 minutes of the shower on COLD only. Pretty zesty, I gotta say, and I make sure to get the cold all over. Really get a "gasp" and shiver reflex going. I've especially enjoyed adding the cold rinse after a fasted state intense workout.


    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/cold-water-therapy/


    Can't imagine this is bad for me at all, but don't really know that there are true fitness/health benefits to it. Anyone got any input or experience with this? Perhaps with primal eating, exercise, sleep, healthy natural fat intake and Vitamin D (sun and supplements), and a touch of cold shock will ward off the N1H1 Flu virus for me! HAH!


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    dont know about cold showers, but around here "winterswimming" is quite popular- you basically saw a hole in the ice (10 x 10m is enough) and swim a small round. Its usually done in the mornings. its supposed to work the heart and the bloodcirculation...

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      Yes, I do it sometimes.
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      Can&#39;t imagine this is bad for me at all, but don&#39;t really know that there are true fitness/health benefits to it.</blockquote>


      Early ethnographic writings report North American Indians breaking the ice on rivers and going in to bathe. Also, several cultures use steam baths, and a cold finish - rolling in snow, plunge-pool, whatever - seems to be de rigeur among people who take those (excepting only the more effete Middle Eastern version).


      http://www.cyberbohemia.com/Pages/sweat.htm


      And here are men of the Mountain and Arctic Warfare Cadre of the Royal Marine Commandos undergoing immersion training:


      http://www2.armynet.mod.uk/sports/mountaineering/contents/expeditions/nansens_endeavour/contents2/photo_video_gallery/immersion_training.htm


      In short, it&#39;s a common enough practise, and I doubt it does a young, strong, healthy person any harm. However, I think it&#39;s thought that the shock might be not be a good thing for for someone who has heart problems. As they say, anyone who&#39;s in any doubt should check with their doctor.


      Some benefits are claimed, but I&#39;m not sure whether any are provable.

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        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/cold-water-therapy/

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          I take cool showers with one minute of cold water at the end. I guess it&#39;s not as shocking as the transition from hot to cold, but I find that a cooler shower overall is more refreshing. I can&#39;t even remember the last time there was steam in my bathroom.

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            Art De Vany writes about the benefits of cold showers. It&#39;s been a while since I read his stuff but I believe he says it stimulates the growth of brown adipose tissue which helps keep a person lean by burning a lot of calories to keep them warm.

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              That&#39;s one of the tips listed in this article on preventing colds and flu:


              http://www.fitnessspotlight.com/2009/01/27/beat-the-flu-for-4-a-month/


              I&#39;ve been following most of those tips since January of this year and I&#39;ve not gotten sick since then even though my wife and kids have had colds and flu.

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                I&#39;ve been washing my hair in cold water for years. It makes it shinier, healthier, and grow faster.


                I also take cold water showers when I&#39;m fasting, to stave off hunger. It works.

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                  I take warm-to-hot showers to get clean, but after I&#39;m clean I turn the water to cool (not cold, I can&#39;t take that big of a switch!) and rinse off for a minute or two. I find that it helps not just with blood sugar but also with itching - I tend to get skin itchiness after a shower, and the cool water calms down the histamine response.

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                    No cold showers for me, but I do jump through the ice into nearly frozen water every New Year&#39;s Day. Not sure refreshing is the word I&#39;d use. As an ultrarunner I&#39;ve used ice baths with great results following races. Looking forward to sitting in Lake Superior for about 30 minutes after my race next weekend...un-primal cooler of beer right next to me

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                      No such thing as cold water here outta the pipes in FL. I use Cold in the washing machine in the summertime because it certainly qualifies as Warm for most of the US.


                      Of course, nothing like when I wanted cold water out of the tap in Gila Bend, AZ and it was 104 degrees! I thought there was a plumbing problem in the motel and when I told the clerk he laughed and informed me.


                      I think any perceived or claimed health benefits are imaginary. Show me the cites!

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                        Have a 10 minute cold shower atleast once a day, mostly 2x.

                        Today, swim in the local quarry (Canada), November 4, 52degrees, 20 minutes

                        Also walking daily for 1 hour with just summer shorts, mesh safety vest. Outside temp about 38.


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                          i actually done it a few time. i felt relaxed after i was in cold water. don't know why though

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                            Cold showers are extremely therapeutic and energizing. Exposure to cold (immersion, showers, weather) has been shown to activate brown fat cells (the ones that burn fat, as opposed to those "lazy" white fat cells). Mark Ferris of 4 Hour Body fame has experimented with full immersion in a tub of ice cubes (not recommended). Mark does recommend finishing showers with a systematic cold water blast starting at the shoulders and working down. It's hard to do and I find using a handheld spray makes it a bit more tolerable. It's not harmful and a zippy way to start your day!

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                              there was a storm here over the weekend so we went to the Wadi pools in the Oman mountains yesterday. They were a bit parky!

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