If I don't have time for normal low level exercise (long walk), would a 5-10 minute cold shower be a viable substitute?
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Well f me, I am jealous of you all who are able to withstand the frigid temperatures that encompass everything lower than 70 degrees. On top of that, my shins start hurting when exposed too long to the cold (old shin splints injury from overrunning). Is there a nonpainful way of getting used to the cold without getting sick?
I've tried to explain to some people that fat gets "cold soaked" and is harder to warmup compared to muscle. I don't know if that's right but that's the way I see it!
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Current Weight: 195
I've done two absolutely freezing cold showers so far. I HATE the action of it. However, once out of the shower, the physical warmth I feel and energy I experience is outstanding.
I would rather walk outside in the cold then take the cold shower.
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread50560.html huge thread on it. No worthwhile results ever reported in the thread, either no one has kept with it for an extended period or just nothing worth reporting.
Folks, really, do you see extreme leanness in colder climes? It's Asia that's connected with prevalent leanness, not polar regions.
The Fattest Nations
1. United States
The Thinnest Nations
1. North Korea
5. Democratic Republic of Congo
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I decided to develop cold tolerance just for the hell of it, to see how well I can adapt myself to colder temperatures. Like walking barefoot (okay, or wearing VFFs), or choosing to walk at all, or fasting, it's a way to push my body--and my mind-- in directions that are all too easy to avoid.
As humans, I think seeking comfort and convenience is perfectly natural. But warmth, transportation, and food are generally pretty easy to come by in my culture, which for the last century has been increasingly built around comfort and convenience. Most people don't even think about it; I know I take it for granted far too often.
Fasting pushed me out of my comfort zone, and showed me that yes, I could actually go days without food and it was okay. It made me see my body and appetites in a different light. Walking (and occasionally running) barefoot had a similar effect. And now I'm doing the same thing with exposure to cold weather. I stood at the bus stop in a t-shirt the other morning, when it was 36F, and while I was aware of the cold I didn't feel cold. My fellow passengers, in their puffy coats, gloves, and wooly hats, looked at me like I was nuts, which amused the hell out of me because they all looked cold and miserable!
Am I odd for wanting to see just how low the temperature for "t-shirt weather" could be? Is being willing to tweak my ideas of "cold" and "necessary clothing" and "comfort" crazy? Yeah, maybe. But I don't give a damn. And I kind of like not having to bring a jacket, in the same way I like only having to cook once a day thanks to IF--it's one less hassle.
You do realize that fatness or leanness of a country's population are determined by many different factors, right? And that nobody here is claiming that cold exposure is the most significant?It's Asia that's connected with prevalent leanness, not polar regions.
By the way, it gets pretty friggin' cold in both North Korea and Nepal, and "Asia" is a vast continent that includes many different climate zones, physical environments, economies, levels of access to technology, and cultures (with their own distinct foodways). Posting a list of fattest and leanest nations to this thread was pretty much irrelevant and making a sweeping, useless generalization about Asian countries doesn't help.