First day of the 30-day cold shower challenge was today! This challenge was posed by Joel Runyon of Impossible HQ. The purpose of the challenge is to show you how insignificant fear really is. Starting your day off with a cold shower has many health benefits including:
- It strengthens your immune system
- Improves your blood circulation (as my hands and feet are constantly falling asleep throughout the day, this would probably be a good thing)
- Regulates Temperature
- Promotes weight loss by increasing your metabolism
- Deepens breathing
- Increases energy and wellbeing
- And is great for your skin and hair
There is one thing that I know for sure: ice cold water showering down on you wakes you up… yes, better than coffee.
Right now I feel like I just drank a double shot of espresso. I feel hyped up and crazy energized. The energy feels as though it starts at my feet and makes its way all the way to the tips of my fingers. I feel super-powered and super alive.
Here’s what took place: as per Joel’s instructions, I turned the water in my shower all the way down to freezing, and I started my timer. Five minutes. I jumped right in and let out a gasp as all the air was wrung out from my lungs (at least that’s what it felt like). It was freaking cold! Throughout the entire 5 minutes, I took care to always have at least one body part touching the cold water. The hardest part was washing my hair. I mean, I wouldn’t jump in a pool that was this cold. Immersing myself completely in the cold water was extremely difficult. Tactics for staying under included: spinning in a circle, high knees, breathing through the pain, closing my eyes and pretending I was somewhere else, jumping (carefully) up and down.
I’ve never been so happy to hear my alarm go off. I promptly turned off the shower and wrapped myself in a towel, and smiled exuberantly. I DID IT!
It has been almost an hour since my shower, and I am still feeling the side-effects. Whew! Only 29 to go.
Has anyone built up the nerve to join me on this?
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