I’ve mentioned not too long ago about Tony Robbin’s taking a cold plunge every morning and while I don’t have a cold pool, I’ve been ending my showers just running cold water for a full minute. Yesterday I came across this article about a guy who took “freezing cold” showers every day for a week and another about starting the day with a cold shower. I’m curious to know if I’ll continue this once the cold weather hits. I think what I’m getting most from this experiment is the battle against willpower and forcing myself into a change of routine. In a way, it feels like tackling a challenge head-on and overcoming it.
Facing the shower head, I let the warm water hit the top of my scalp and then quickly turn off the hot water. I can feel the water change slightly from hot to warm in about 15-seconds and then that’s when the cold starts to hit. The sensation of the hot-warm-cool-cold water change from top to bottom, especially if you are living in the moment, feels like an embracement of nature.
While keeping the water hitting my scalp, I slowly turn around so it will go down my back. Since my body already went through the sensation of feeling the cold, the cold water hitting my back isn’t that shocking. However, if I only allow the cold water to hit my chest and then turn around, it’s quite uncomfortable acclimating to the cold. I stay this way at least for thirty-seconds
I end the cold water session turning back around and letting it run down my chest.
Other than feeling like I’ve overcome a challenge, the shot of adrenaline provides me with a certain level of alertness and focus.
I shower twice at day, and one may think a cold shower right before bedtime might keep me awake, but it doesn’t. Studies show people sleep better in colder environments. I go to bed feeling cold and wanting to cover up and more relaxed, ready for sleep, instead of trying to get comfortable.
There have been studies which state cold showers or plunges help with depression and weight loss. That’s not my motivation, but I wouldn’t mind the added benefits. But one benefit is not having to “cool off” from a hot shower, getting that slight bit of perspiration after toweling off.
I’m using Google’s Project Fi as my mobile carrier and thinking about upgrading my pho9ne, so I naturally looked at Google’s new flagship phone, Pixel. The cheapest model is $649 or $27.04/month for 24 months. I’d prefer to pay for the phone upfront and avoid any finance or interest charges. I thought I’d do the math and see how much extra one would pay going the financing route, and one would actually save four cents if you choose the financing option. After reading the fine print, anyone who chooses the financing option is actually opening a credit card account with an introductory offer, “24 month equal pay financing offer with 0% APR” which can only be used for purchases at the GoogleStore. Also, I’m sure they’d get those four cents back after financing, rounding, niner.
On the football field, Archbishop Murphy High School is a powerhouse, overwhelming its first three opponents this year by a combined score of 170-0. But winning by such margins is coming at a cost. The school is having trouble finding schools willing to play it. Since a mid-September blowout, three teams have now canceled on Archbishop Murphy.
Archbishop Murphy isn’t just big. Some of its players are the size of college and even professional players. There are six weighing at least 250 pounds, including three over 300 pounds.
One reason the players at Archbishop Murphy are so big is because as a private school, it can recruit players from around the region while public schools cannot. The growing call around the league is for Archbishop Murphy to play in a higher division.
The oldest human to have ever lived died at the age of 122—and that was nearly 20 years ago. A recent analysis of global demographic data suggests this may very well be the maximum age attainable by humans, and that it’s extremely unlikely anyone will ever live much beyond this advanced age. That is, unless we science the shit out of this problem.