The problem with being 50 is that you really have seen it all before, with the possible exception of this computer stuff, and space travel, and girls with tattoos (there was none of that when I was 20, I can tell you). Much of what I saw as a youngster I had hoped never to see again.
One thing in particular, from my public school days, was cold showers. God, they were awful. There is something relentlessly piteous and headache-inducing about being forced to stand under an ice-cold stream of water, or for that matter, getting into a bath full of it. Or for that matter running, jumping and scrambling in and out of muddy rivers, ponds and lakes.
It is quite simply, deeply unpleasant, and bloody cold. It knocks the breath out of you like being hit by an express train that stops and reverses back over you.
But the reality was that it did me good. It built my character, and helped me loose weight: it also drove me a tiny bit, er, mad.
Yep you guessed it, part of this year’s new fitness craze sparked off by Tim Ferriss’ new book the Four Hour Body, good old fashioned abuse is back, but without the prefects to chuck you in and laugh at your shrivelled willy, and with a cool new name: “thermal loading”.
There are lots of methods: sitting in cold baths, showers, ice-packs on your neck. Lots of methods are discussed on the hypothermics.com website.
I hope to have a trainers’ meeting later this week and discuss the possibility of everyone bringing a swimming costume to the session, then getting you all outside while the trainers throw buckets of water over you. Obviously we would have to charge a bit more due to the costs…..extra buckets, ice insurance.
What do you think?
That said there is a serious side to all this. If your body has to keep itself warm, it uses up all that extra fat you have been storing for a rainy day. Do you need your central heating on all day? Do you get out enough in God’s holy fresh air? (gosh I’m loosing it now)
Anyway, I’d never ask anyone to do something I havn’t done myself. So in the interests of scientific experiment, check out the film: The reality is that its as awful as I remember, but, you get used to it, and you feel great afterwards