Exercise TLDR

TLDR: Cold Showers ftw


Getting cold triggers body stress responses that are good for you. Cold plunges are good for this, but not very accessible. Cold showers are readily available to most of us, and this article tells you how to build a habit of taking cold showers.

Ken’s Take:
I also do sauna for similar stress response benefits. I used to balance sauna with cold afterwards (either plunge or shower) but recently I learned that the cold afterwards stops some of the benefits of the sauna stress.

So I’m flipping this, and doing sauna and cold on opposite parts of the day. If I do sauna in the morning, I do a cold shower that night, and vice versa.


Trying Planks

A couple of days ago I learned that the Marine Corp was changing from crunches to planks as the abdominal portion of their Physical Fitness Test. I didn’t learn the minimum time, but was told that 4 minutes yielded max points on the test.

So I tried a plank, and got to 1 minute, by which time I was quivering jelly, with the quivering starting at about 20 seconds. It was hard.

The USMC had seen back and other injuries from doing so many crunches. So I support this. Crunches are tough on your back.

I’m going to add planks to the squats, child pose, and other stretches I do after my 25-30 minute 90c sauna routine. Let the sweat drip!

Here is an article on how to make Planks even tougher. I’m gonna start with normal planks and then move to RKC planks (the first described here).