I agree this is really important. Hypothermia can cause raises in blood pressure, so it's important to listen to your body and not push things too far. I have found it good to stop just as you begin to shiver. It's like exercise, some people do too little, some just enough, and others get obsessed and take it too far (triathletes, etc.).Laura said:Odyssey said:Gandalf said:Laura said:I don't see anything wrong with a warm shower after a period in cold to get the core temp back up if the person feels really cold and shivery.
I thought that it was better for a cold adaptation to let the body work is way back to his normal temp after spending some minutes in a cold shower or pool.
That was my understanding too....buuuuut I will gladly take a warm shower after a cold bath
My point is to err on the side of safety. We've seen forum members go south on diet issues because they did not take the slow, easy, experimental way. We've see injuries from poor understanding of pressure cookers. The important thing is to understand the principles FIRST, experiment and go slowly. And ALWAYS err on the side of safety!!!
On another note, I was travelling for five days last week in the tropics. The hotel room had no tub just a shower and the cold water wasn't that cold. So I decided to skip the cold adaptation until I got home (six days). Last night I did a cold bath (10 mins at 10C) like I usually do. I was worried that I would have lost some adaptation, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was the opposite. It was easier than it usually is.