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    closecombat is offline Member
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    Default Thermometer for Wim Hoffs method

    Hi guys,

    Just wondering do any of ye do the Wim Hoff method at home using a thermometer to check the temperature of the water and your own body temperature?

    I'm thinking of buying and outside bathtub to do this Wim Hof method in submergng yourself to extreme cold temperatures and I'm just thinking it could be a good idea for tracking progress to get a thermometer.

    If any of ye have on where did ye get it or do you k ow where I could get one?

    Thanks in advance,
    Oisin.

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    MostlyFull is offline Senior Member
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    They make pool and aquarium thermometers. As far as your temp, rectal might not work too well, oral probably wouldn't be too accurate, might try one of those ear scanner things. It's quicker and very accurate.

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    GeoffreyLevens is offline Senior Member
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    I wouldn't think your body temp would change much. I have a basic, alcohol filled room thermometer and my cold water as of this morning is 55 F. I warms up to 68F during the summer. I reset the thermostat on my hot water heater so the water comes out full hot at about 120F which is enough to feel hot but even long immersion won't damage your skin (except maybe diabetics!). That way I can do cold until I can't then just crank it back to hot. I have found that alternating temp i.e. contrast showers/baths seems to have a stronger effect and be much easier psychologically. Always end with cold. Occasionally I go to nearest hot springs and they have a sauna (with steam) that you can crank to about 150F and right outside the door, an above ground tank with water in los 50's right now. I am sure my tap and that tank will get colder over the next couple months (Western Rockies, 6000 feet). Going back and forth from sauna to cold bath really rocks! Full immersion is more powerful than showers for sure.

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    Wolfeye is offline Senior Member
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    That Wim Hof stuff sounds really interesting, please tell us your experiences if it works out!

    I wouldn't sweat the exact degrees too much, but a decent pool thermometer would probably work well for the water.

    I would second the ear thermometer for yourself, but I don't think it matters too much. All this "you're dying & you don't even know it" tends to be bullshit & more specifically to be gaslighting to either make a sale (with repeat costs) or to generally manipulate someone (with repeated costs).

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    GeoffreyLevens is offline Senior Member
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    One thing that is very important that Hof emphasizes is that you should very gradually decrease temperature. He has been immersing in cold water himself for 50 years or more so don't expect to be able to just submerge in a tank of 33 degree F water and unscathed. If you are young and very fit and adaptable you'll likely be fine, but if you have undiagnosed cardiovascular damage you could also really hurt yourself. Start with water that feels really cold but bearable, then gradually, over months, decrease temp and increase duration so your body has a chance to adapt. It is just like any training. You would not take a person off the street and have them try to squat 3X bodyweight, they can almost certainly do it but only after some training and body adaptation.

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    Hi. I've started Wim Hof's breathing exercises since 3 weeks, I'm just starting having cold showers. Is-it safe to have the cold showers after a light breakfast ?
    Last edited by Olive; 01-22-2018 at 05:21 AM.

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