The Secret to Surviving Cold Showers

If you’ve completed (or are in the midst of completing) Exodus 90 you already know about the cold showers.  I also think it’s pretty safe to say that if you’re planning to start Exodus 90 the cold showers just may be the scariest part of the process.

Now, I’m not going to sit here and say that they’re no big deal or that they’re fun or that they’re easy.  They’re not.  In fact, if you’ve never taken a cold shower you’re most likely going to gasp for air and make noises you didn’t know you were capable of making the first time that cold water cuts into your back.

But, I’ll also be the first to tell you that you can do it and that you’re likely stressing out more than you should.

In fact, I’m going to share a cold shower secret with you.  I actually just learned this secret from my Exodus brother, Colter.  And, as fate would have it, I also recently heard another person talk about this same “cold shower technique” on a podcast I listen to.

I’ve since implemented this “secret technique” into my own cold shower routine and can tell you, for sure, it really works.

So what is this cold shower secret?  It’s really quite simple.  You must relax and stay calm when the cold water hits you.  That’s it.  Relax.

The first time I tried this technique here’s how it went.  I got into the cold shower and did what I normally do… I turned so the cold water hit my back.  I then did what I normally do and gasped for air.  I then forced myself to stop gasping and calmed my breathing.  It was hard to do initially but I was able to relax once I really focused.

Once my breathing was normal I closed my eyes and focused on being still and relaxing every muscle in my body.  After a few seconds the craziest thing happened.  I wasn’t cold.

Now, I’m still far from “good” at this and want to continue to practice this relaxation technique since I still eventually lose focus and feel the cold water again.  But I’m pretty confident more practice will eventually enable me to stay in control of my breathing and relax for most, if not all, of my cold showers!

Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!