In my last post I told you about 69 year old Greg Chalmers, who told me, “Cold showering has changed my life over the last three months”.
Greg has a cold shower twice a day, once when he wakes up and once before bed. It energizes him, regulates his metabolism, and has helped him with his weight problem.
If you missed that email, you can check it out on my blog post here:
I replied to Greg and asked him for more info about his routine.
He wrote back with a more detailed response, which I thought you may find helpful.
December 29, 2018
“I guess my lifestyle choices are a bit of a ‘package’ really! I have used intermittent fasting for 3 years – keeping an eye on the carbs – and work out regularly doing high-intensity training for short sessions mostly involving the use of body weight with some interval training on other days. These routines helped me get lean and it has been no problem maintaining a good weight.
And as I said in the earlier post, I have now added cold showers to my daily routines. For two weeks I eased from a hot to a warm, to a cold shower. That worked. Then in late Winter, my wife and went for a holiday by a beach and leaping into a chilly ocean each morning was the key in deciding to just go straight into a cold shower. I now shower morning and night for around 5 minutes, taking care that the water reaches all of the body.
I am not sure if I have gained all of the benefits discussed in many posts; I am however convinced that it has clarified my thinking provided me with a motivational tool to stay focussed and energised.
As a matter of interest, I am a 69-year-old semi-retired educator who has taught and been in leadership roles in what we call in NZ Primary -usually up to age 11, and high schools where our young adults live!
The key message, of course, is that I have never stopped learning.”
January 1, 2019
“So it is the holiday period here in New Zealand and a week ago I began my day with a swim in what is a pretty cold ocean, followed with cold shower (there was one on the beach), and then straight to the gym.
On the first day my workout schedule was 20 minutes of interval training on the treadmill – walk for one minute, run for one minute. While I have never found this difficult, after being at the beach, I was absolutely flying!
Since then I have noticed how much energy and focus I have during workouts after a swim. Cardio or weight – each feel much more connected.
Then I went back into the article here and noticed a brief mention of a pre-workout cold shower…….when work starts I won’t really be able to go to the beach each morning, but will leap out of bed into a cold shower then race off to the gym – working out and looking forward to the cold shower back at home before heading off to work. Yes, it is all true folks!”
January 3, 2019
“Hey Greg, thanks for sharing your experience.
Cold exposure redirects blood away from your skin and into deeper tissues like your muscles, which is why your exercise performance increases. It also increases blood flow to your your brain, which is why cold exposure makes you feel more alert, improves your mood, and can even help with medical conditions like depression and autism.
You’re really helping me out with these comments. I may have written this article, but we all tend to forget the importance of things we learn and need occasional reminders. I wrote article recently about why you should avoid cold showers AFTER your workouts if your goal is to grow muscle. Having a cold shower BEFORE your workouts then, is the perfect substitute!”
Wow, there are so many powerful points here.
- Greg does intermittent fasting, which you can learn more about here:
- He keeps an eye on his carbs, which is very important if you want to lose man boobs. More on why you should go on a low carb diet here:
- He does high intensity interval training and bodyweight training, I recommend both for losing man boobs.
- His cold showers last for just 5 minutes, and they help clarify his thinking and motivate him to stay focused and energized.
- He has discovered that having a cold shower immediately before a workout gives him more energy and focus during his workouts, whether he is doing cardio (in the form of HIIT) or resistance training.
- Greg now has a cold shower before his workout, then another immediately after his workout. I'm assuming he still takes another cold shower before bed. That's 3x cold showers a day, which is easily doable, seeing as each lasts a mere 5 minutes.
So get going with those pre-workout cold showers, and let me know how you get on.