[QUOTE=ez2cy;982564]I have been doing the Tim Ferris's recomendation of cold shower 2x/day and ice baths once or twice a week. Does it work? No idea as I don't really have a control group so to speak.
I am wondering though, how spot treatment works ie ice bag on fat areas? What is the reasoning behind it?[/QUOTE]
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There is another application of spot-icing, though, that does have merit. Applying cold directly to areas of brown fat (BAT) has the proven ability to activate the BAT which in-turn increases metabolism. If you've read this thread, you've seen lots on BAT. It's very interesting. As we get into Winter, it is time to start thinking about this.
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This is a really well put together ice-pack harness made specifically for icing BAT areas. I'd recommend it to anyone!
Problem is, Otzi, that not everyone is able to use this harness as well as the pictured testimonials. Some used it for a couple hours per night. Um, the suggested limit is 30-40 minutes. No diabetics. Well there goes half the adult population! Nobody with asthma, nor skin reactions to cold. OK. Nobody with cardio or heart problems. There goes half the other half.
Now a lot of these might just be CYR (Cover Your Rear) recommendations to avoid messy litigation and insurance problems. Probably are, AAMOF. Nevertheless, there are enough kernels of truth to provide flashing caution lights to wholesale adoption of cold thermogenesis.
So how long have you been using it, and how could you possibly improve on your past examples of cold hardiness, or even be able to tell?
I started taking cold showers and baths a few weeks ago after reading about the benefits of them in a few places, and I must say that I'm glad that I made the switch.
I sit in a cold bath for 10-20 minutes 4 times a week, (after lifting and boxing training sessions), and I don't feel sore the next day like I would after a hot shower.
In the morning, and after work on non-workout nights, I take cold showers, and I feel refreshed and relaxed after doing so. I sleep more soundly, and rarely wake up in the middle of the night for a bathroom trip anymore.
It's uncomfortable at first, but your body gets used to it if you're consistent with it.
I took hot showers a couple of times this week, just to see if I noticed a difference. Didn't sleep as well, and I felt soreness from my workouts the next day.
I also feel calmer, and better able to handle stress since I started the cold showers/baths. I don't know why that is, but I'm glad about it nonetheless.
Using the extremely cold and windy conditions of the storms here in the Midwest/East for some CT. Just purchased some new Neoprine foot covers and going to be nearly 40 degrees in there tonight.
I've stopped a bit as I'm really trying to put on muscle mass right now, but it's tough to not take advantage of the temps. I will be dieting down in a few months and plan to use CT to gain some serious and fast metabolic advantages. Anyone else been doing some experimenting?
Googled it, but still not sure what "Neoprine foot covers" are, or what you'd use them for?
Typo. It's Neoprene, should be able to find it searching that. Like a wet suit. I've had problems doing extremely cold soaks in my drum because it's a standing 125 gallon tank and I have to keep my feet submerged. I tend to lose feeling in the feet within 45 minutes and it cuts the sessions short. These, along with warm socks underneath will keep the heat preserved in the limbs to maximize time.
Ok, I understand now. Booties. I use them for scuba diving. I soak in our tub with 6 -2L frozen bottles of water. I keep my feet in but I"m only in for 20 to 25 minutes.
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