Tuesday 170307

5 Rounds for time:
10 Shoulder to overhead 115#(75#)
15 Bar facing burpees
30 Double unders
Rest 1 minute between rounds

Post to BTWB

Half and half taking judging extremely serious.

Half and half taking judging extremely serious.

 

As many of you know, because you’ve asked me to stop talking about it, I’m on 30 days of nothing but cold showers.  I was doing research online about tips for recovery specifically focusing on breathing techniques when I got sucked down the rabbit hole that is the internet.  I left my research on breathing and started watching videos about the benefits of cold showers and 2 hours and many videos later, I decided that I was going to give 30 days of nothing but ice cold showers a try.  These cold showers are not hot then cold, they are only turn the dial to cold or in my case don’t touch the hot water dial cold.  The showers are shockingly cold, but after about 30 seconds it doesn’t get any better.  After about a minute that’s when it starts to not be so bad.  

The reason I decided I was going to try only cold showers for a month, was the idea of alertness.  When I get up at 4:00 am not much, including coffee, can get me moving as fast as I’d like so I figured why not try cold showers.  Alert is an understatement.  As soon as you’re exposed to the freezing cold water, your whole body is fully awake.  The body has to work overtime to figure out what the hell you’re doing to it so everything wakes up really quickly.  

The alertness was what initially drew me to trying cold showers, but there are a ton of other benefits that come with showering cold.  Below is a list of some of the benefits of cold showers.  The list is taken from Lifehack.org.  I know most of us love taking long hot showers and trust me the cold showers are not nearly as long, but the benefits I’ve noticed have me convinced that cold showers are the way to go.  It takes practice to get completely clean in a short amount of time so be ready to move faster if you give cold showers a try.  If nothing else, try ending your normal shower with 3 – 5 minutes of ice cold water and see how you feel after you get out.  

1. Cold showers burn fat
There are two kinds of fat in your body: white fat and brown fat. White fat is the bad guy (think the Joker) and brown fat is the good guy (think Batman). White fat is the body fat we all know and struggle to get rid of. When we consume more calories than our body needs to function and we don’t burn those calories for energy, they are stored as white fat, which tends to accumulate at your waist, lower back, neck, and thighs. Brown fat is the good guy you might have never even heard of, and its function is to generate heat to keep your body warm. Here’s the good news: when brown fat is activated due to extreme cold, it burns calories to keep you warm, which could provide a helpful assist in your weight loss plan. How much of an assist? Scandinavian researchers found that exposure to cold temperatures increased the metabolic rate of brown fat by fifteen fold, which could help a person drop nine pounds in a year if sustained.

2. Cold showers boost recovery after exercise
Athletes often take ice baths after vigorous training do reduce soreness. You don’t have to take it that far, but you can obtain a similar benefit with a quick cold shower after your training sessions. Maybe dropping a pencil or walking upstairs won’t be quite so agonizing with a little dose of cold after all of that running.

3. Cold showers increase mood and alertness
Who doesn’t feel a bit groggy when they take that first step out of bed? This is something everyone struggles with, but if you’d like to put some pep in your step first thing in the a.m., take a cold shower before you go to work. When cold water pours over your body, your breathing deepens in response to the shock of the cold (this is your body trying to keep you warm by increasing overall oxygen intake). Your heart rate will also increase, resulting in a rush of blood through your body that will help you get energized for the day.

4. Cold showers strengthen immunity and circulation
Remember how I mentioned that cold showers speed up your metabolic rate, which helps you lose fat? The increase of this rate activates your immune system, which releases virus-fighting white blood cells that will help you get sick less frequently. Cold showers also increase your overall blood circulation, which can help you avoid hypertension and the hardening of arteries.

5. Cold showers give you attractive hair and skin
If you’d like to reduce the appearance of acne, cold showers could do the job. Hot water dries out your skin, while cold water tightens your cuticles and pores, preventing them from getting clogged. You can also use cold showers for shinier, more attractive hair that your partner can’t resist playing with. Cold water will close your cuticle, making it less likely dirt can accumulate in your scalp. 

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