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hit4me

Florida, USA

has anyone ever done a polar bear plunge....I never have but am thinking of doing one this weekend in north Carolina.....any pointers or advice
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epdavis7

I have. Hopefully you have no preexisting medical conditions lol. The best thing is to not think about it too much and just do it. Make sure you have dry warm clothes afterwards.

On a similar note, last year as part of the Tough Mudder Race one of the obstacles is called the Artic Enema. The race was in June and it was sweltering hot. You had to jump into a pool of water filled with ice. At one point there was an obstacle that forced you to go underwater to the other side. It was so cold it literally sucked the air out of your lungs and you had to will yourself forward and remind yourself to keep moving.
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epdavis7

I've always taken slightly cooler showers, I walk my dogs outside unless its raining and as mentioned in a previous thread I do a long run weekly unless its raining or theres ice on the ground. I'm exposed to cold temps a lot. Not sure if this helps or not as the temperature in the water will be far colder than any of the above mentioned. I think if you can mentally accept that it will be cold, lots of people have done it and been ok and that its only temporary you should be fine. If you do not have any preexisting med conditions you should be ok.
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hit4me

Florida, USA

no medical issues on my part, and there will be medics and etc as it is a yearly function for charity
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Crotalus

Good luck .... a few of my customers do it every year. I'm sure you'll be fine.

For me , the only place I want to see ice or anything cold is in a glass.
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entsminger

Virginia, USA

==Scott==
I have a back yard pool and every year I try and jump in until it gets so cold I can't stand it. That's usually around 50 degrees or a little lower. I do it because if feels great and I hope it's good for me. Some times we jump in at christmas just for kicks if the pool isn't frozen. I'd love to do a polar bear plunge. Hey if it kills me what a way to go, ha ha!
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SpencerG

entsminger wrote:
==Scott==
I'd love to do a polar bear plunge. Hey if it kills me what a way to go, ha ha!


LOL!
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entsminger

Virginia, USA

==Scott==
Did they indicate what the water temperature might be for the plunge?
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HeavyHitter32

I see zero point in doing this.
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hit4me

Florida, USA

entsminger wrote:
==Scott==
Did they indicate what the water temperature might be for the plunge?


around 55
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hit4me

Florida, USA

HeavyHitter32 wrote:
I see zero point in doing this.


just for fun, never done it and a friend wants to do it
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epdavis7

It raises money for charity? That might be a good enough reason. I think we all do a lot of things that aren't necessarily good for us, we just enjoy the challenge or sometimes we are just goofy lol.
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entsminger

Virginia, USA

HeavyHitter32 wrote:
I see zero point in doing this.


==Scott==
I remember reading once that cold immersion was good for you if it doesn't kill you? For the last few years I have kept jumping in our pool head first to clean the leaves out until it's so cold it hurts my feet to much and I have to get out. For the fist few seconds it literally takes your breath away but after around 20 seconds you get used to it.I find it invigorating and somewhere I got the idea that it toughens you up but I don't know, maybe it's bad for you??It's great after a workout!! All I know for sure is when I get out I feel so refreshed and invigorated.
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epdavis7

Scott, I had heard the same. I deliberately take colder showers and forget to change the temp back for my wife. She usually screams down the hallway at me and is usually pissed lol. Between that and leaving the toilet seat lid up I get in trouble frrequently lol.
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extremeone

All fun & games until cold shock leads to cardiac arrest.
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1958

Texas, USA

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HeavyHitter32 wrote:
I see zero point in doing this.


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entsminger

Virginia, USA

extremeone wrote:
All fun & games until cold shock leads to cardiac arrest.


==Scott==
Anybody know more about this possibly happening?
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hit4me

Florida, USA

entsminger wrote:
extremeone wrote:
All fun & games until cold shock leads to cardiac arrest.

==Scott==
Anybody know more about this possibly happening?


never heard of it happening
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Jesse Lee Otis

Pecker shrinkage. :-)

JL

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epdavis7

It would be interesting to know how many cardiac arrests have actually occurred versus how many have participated to see some kind of statistical trend. I would suspect the percentage would be rather low. I'm not part of the group that does this regularly where I'm at, but it seems to be a lot of the same old geezers every year. But then again, the same could be said for HIT, running etc. Those predisposed or with preexisting conditions could certainly be susceptible to cardiac arrest. Lots of people have keeled over dead from doing simple every day things. People die on the throne and in the saddle now and then.
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epdavis7

Jesse,

Agreed lol. Don't pose for Playgirl after getting out of the cold water. I can hear people saying now, "Wow, that guy is hung like a pimple."
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Crotalus

epdavis7 wrote:
Jesse,

Agreed lol. Don't pose for Playgirl after getting out of the cold water.


LOL, brings back memories of that great episode on Seinfeld about 'Shrinkage'.
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Keyser S?

Doesn't it logically follow that if you need to train regularly to maintain the adaptions and tan regularly to maintain a tan, then doesn't it logically follows that to maintain any possible benefit from the cold exposure you'd need to do that regularly as well?

Then of course there is the question is what temperature and duration of exposure you ought to start with.
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entsminger

Virginia, USA

Keyser S? wrote:
Doesn't it logically follow that if you need to train regularly to maintain the adaptions and tan regularly to maintain a tan, then doesn't it logically follows that to maintain any possible benefit from the cold exposure you'd need to do that regularly as well?

Then of course there is the question is what temperature and duration of exposure you ought to start with.


== Scott==
That?s why I tried to jump in the pool every day from summer on until it got so cold I couldn?t stand it and the I start again in the spring when it warms up some. It feels good but be honest I don?t know if it?s actually good for me or not?
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StuKE

Have read quite a bit of material on / by The Ice Man, Wim Hoff. He is a big believer in regular exposure to cold and there are some fascinating possibilities, Hoffman himself has many world records and has been able to boost his immune system at will, in scientific tests, what I found interesting was the concept of brown fat, which burns white fat as energy to keep us warm, how exposure to cold regularly can increase levels of this brown fat... Look, it is late and I am being a bit half arsed with all this, but look it up, it's pretty cool.
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