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20 min bath or hour long spot CT?

Discussion in 'Cold Thermogenesis' started by BJK77, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. BJK77

    BJK77 Gold

    If those were your choices, which would you do to get the biggest bang? So far I'm only managing about 20-22 minutes in the tub at 55 degrees water temp. I just can't stand more and most evenings I don't have the time to do more either, which is going to be the case tonight. I figure I should be able to get an hour of spot CT'ing in though since I can do it while making dinner, doing the dishes, etc.
  2. omlh@todmi.com

    omlh@todmi.com New Member

    I do both - bath mid-afternoon, then walk the dogs to warm up, and spot CT during the evening. That way I don't feel guilty if, for any reason, I miss a bath. I also make sure that my shower is cold in the morning as well.
  3. Ane

    Ane New Member

    I have only done the baths, but I have not been able to get them cold enough. I am going to do both this evening.
  4. villjamur_stevenson

    villjamur_stevenson New Member

    I think the biggest bang will be the 20 minute cold bath. Maybe add a little ice to get it down to 50 F?

    I've done both and the bath definitely gets my entire body down in temp. Imagine all those skin sensors sending signals at once.

    However, the bath process takes some time for me - so I use icepacks for the convenience if I can't fit in a bath.
  5. sandy

    sandy New Member

    The bath is much more uncomfortable to me(therefore more effective??) than the spot CT. But, since I am sitting here on my ass reading this forum anyhow, I have ice packs on. I will continue with the baths tho
  6. JC2K

    JC2K New Member

    For me, I just started using a cold vest for an hour and I've noticed that I have less tolerance for the showers/baths on the day that I do (more shivering, unpleasantness). So I've been alternating, vest day, bath day, etc. I'll try both again in a bit and see if I've adapted.
  7. Riversedge

    Riversedge New Member

    I just did my first bath. I have been doing showers. Made it for ten minutes with the shower running on my chest and stomach. Wow what a difference the tap water is still at 50° here I'll post any changes in sleep. Lately I can't sleep I'm hoping it helps.
  8. Glamorama

    Glamorama New Member

    I think baths are more efficient at you reaching your goals with CT. I know it sped up the process for me... for 3 weeks I only ever did spot-CT, but didn't really get blasted into great results (muscle gains, better sleep) until I included full submerges.
  9. donkjellberg

    donkjellberg Silver

    My vote is on immersion. I have been acclimating with my pool at 62 degrees. I have done 45 minutes. A local gym has a cold pool that I plan to use next. I believe it is 50 degrees.

    I use cold showers too but also need hot showers in order to get clean since cold is not as effective in that arena. Have to open up those pores.
  10. I agree...I think I remember Dr K say you will cold adapt much faster in water. I do spot CT in the morning with ice packs and cold bath at night. But I have been wondering which would be more optimal - the 40 mins I do in 55 degree water or 20 mins in 50 degrees? It is all I can do to convince myself to get in the 55 degree water and I freeze my already flat tushy off
  11. Clabbergirl

    Clabbergirl New Member

    It seems like logic would dictate that immersion gives the greater benefit for reasons like more skin receptors feeling the temp change, quicker reduction in overall skin temp, etc. But doing something is better than nothing, surely. What can you manage in 20 min?

    There's significantly less prep and clean-up time for me to spot-ice 20 min than there is to immerse in a cold bath. Of course, if you've got a jacuzzi you can moderate, a pool, lake, etc., then it would be just about as easy as a spot-ice session. The only clean-up being to dry off.

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