Cold Shower Therapy: Joel Runyon at TEDxLUC

  • Published on May 15, 2013
  • Joel Runyon is a javelin-throwing, world, traveling, triathlete set on doing impossible things in order to tell a great story with his life. A few years ago, Joel was an unemployed college grad who decided he no longer wanted to live a boring life. He made a list of all the things he used to think were impossible and then set out to do them. Joel created the Blog of Impossible Things and works to live a life of adventure and meaning.
    In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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  • yosser hughes
    yosser hughes 2 days ago

    try cold bath with ice. .. NOw we are talking. pussies!

  • BlakeFashy
    BlakeFashy 3 days ago +1

    Cold showers + nofap = super human

  • WCephei77HD
    WCephei77HD 6 days ago

    How about when sick? Can you take cold showers when on a cold? Will it help you boost your immune system to get rid of the cold faster?

  • Dan Koon
    Dan Koon 7 days ago

    The "either/or" scenario hides a third way: a gradual approach. I was intrigued by the Wim Hof Method but a cold shower was too uncomfortable, so what I did was take a cool or lukewarm shower for a day or two and then a cooler shower for a day or two and then cooler and cooler, you get the idea. Within two weeks I was taking full on cold showers and have been doing so for a couple of years now including swimming in lakes here in Sweden all winter, even when I could barely break through the ice. The idea behind this gradual approach is that your veins and arteries have muscles in them and as you expose yourself to cooler and cooler water, these become acclimated (or stronger) to cold exposure. So, my advice would be not to chicken out but just go comfortably cool for as long as you can tolerate it and each day go a little bit cooler, as you can tolerate. In two weeks or so, you'll be on your way.

  • Jennifer Primo
    Jennifer Primo 11 days ago

    Not a great speaker🤷‍♀️

  • gumbess
    gumbess 12 days ago

    Can I wash my hair normally in warm water 1st? Then start cold body shower?

  • Mike G
    Mike G 13 days ago

    "Screamed like a little girl" ?? Huh? Boys don't scream? Anyway, the cold feeling only lasts the first 30 seconds or so -- not 5 minutes. No screaming.

  • Jamison Anderson
    Jamison Anderson 15 days ago

    8 days of cold showers!! Never going back

  • poppanolan
    poppanolan 16 days ago

    This man is so boring. Listen to the original Wim Hof.

      IMPOSSIBLE 19 hours ago

      Thanks for the feedback Poppa :p

  • Rosalba hamer
    Rosalba hamer 17 days ago

    Ur giving me goosebumps.

  • allen m
    allen m 24 days ago

    Just took my first cold shower this morning!

    • Klim
      Klim 16 days ago

      Good job buddy keep going!

    • allen m
      allen m 16 days ago

      Klim Yup! So far I’ve been taking only cold showers. They are definitely efficient when it comes to saving water & time because you’re in & out. It’s a great way to step outside your comfort zone.

    • Klim
      Klim 16 days ago

      allen m did you keep doing it allen?

  • AussieHeroes
    AussieHeroes 25 days ago +1

    Beast video, take cold showers ;)

  • joeriggi87
    joeriggi87 26 days ago

    Listed none of the health benefits of cold showers. Lame talk, clickbait title.

      IMPOSSIBLE 19 hours ago

      Nothing about the title says anything about health benefits :)

  • Everybody’s Tough Online

    he says cold shower 77 times

  • Straighten Out
    Straighten Out Month ago

    Great talk

  • Vras Traceur
    Vras Traceur Month ago

    Wim Hof.

  • Blue Iris
    Blue Iris Month ago

    cold showers take me back. i used to use them as a punishment for myself when i was in the worst of my anorexia.

  • mafnpafn mafnpafnster

    I don't have a shower, I like in an office

  • Francesca Taylor
    Francesca Taylor Month ago

    Wow I think this is one of the most boring talks i've ever heard on Ted ;I take cold showers they're great for your system

      IMPOSSIBLE 19 hours ago

      Thanks for watching Francesca ;)

  • Yaser Olabi
    Yaser Olabi Month ago

    Experience. . We as a Muslim do it at age of 14... individuals. ..Quran ice directions

  • jennycita
    jennycita Month ago

    If it screams like a little girl, it must be a little girl.

  • The Calm Man
    The Calm Man Month ago

    Nick sounded like a con-man.

  • Render*Unto*Caesar
    Render*Unto*Caesar Month ago

    30 day challenge accepted.

  • taral -
    taral - Month ago +1

    Has anyone taken a shower at 100 degree celsius? It changes your skin and life altogether.

    • Otto
      Otto Month ago

      I tried but the water evaporated

    • AS787
      AS787 Month ago

      Yeah it helped with my acne you know. It's gone, mainly cuz I have no skin left too

  • Bryan Barrera
    Bryan Barrera Month ago

    I take cold showers for 1 year and I still don’t know how to start a business

  • Christian Prepper
    Christian Prepper 2 months ago +2

    6:07 *Since there are some people who do not bathe daily, can those periodic cold showers still help them?*

  • battu tulu
    battu tulu 2 months ago +1

    Just let things go...

  • ibmor audio
    ibmor audio 2 months ago

    Overly dramatic

  • Javier Torres
    Javier Torres 2 months ago

    I know that you won´t believe me, but i haven´t shower in 2 years and I feel great!

  • Larry Sarallo
    Larry Sarallo 2 months ago +1

    I want to do it but I live in Phoenix Arizona. The water doesn't get cold here.

  • Ayesha S
    Ayesha S 2 months ago

    I love his pauses. Great message too

  • Drew Valentin
    Drew Valentin 2 months ago +1

    I'm 7 days into my 30 day challenge and it's been life changing. I'm more aware when I take the shower in the morning and on the days I decide to take a cold shower at night, I sleep like a baby. It's a habit I can see myself locking in for the long term.

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  • Ryan Ambler
    Ryan Ambler 2 months ago +1

    I like your paths story. Nice one.

  • Tanner Mercer
    Tanner Mercer 2 months ago

    Self-flagellation at it's best. The main benefit of being "cold" is the acceleration of bodily viruses.

  • dontaskme
    dontaskme 2 months ago


  • xblowsmokex
    xblowsmokex 2 months ago

    TLDW; You can do it if you choose to,

  • rhys WILLIAMS
    rhys WILLIAMS 2 months ago

    Cold showers r great after you train hard reduces soreness

  • Terry Wade Thompson
    Terry Wade Thompson 2 months ago

    If you are not willing to be uncomfortable when the choice is yours. You will be uncomfortable and never be able to make the right decision to succeed when the choice is not yours. Choose to be uncomfortable and see what happens. It could change your life.

  • Terry Thompson
    Terry Thompson 2 months ago

    Our comfort is killing us. We are fostering ourselves into weakness.. resulting in self defeat. This is not good.

  • 2 months ago

    I'm I the only one who got it after 1.5 minutes?! Yes, cold shower is not nice, you need to get out of your comfort zone, so you need to do that over and over again, bla bla bla...

  • ukidding
    ukidding 3 months ago

    tip: alternatate between warm and cold until u can adjust to the cold

  • Ketsune23
    Ketsune23 3 months ago

    I took my first shower today and I screamed like a little girl

  • Mohammed Zulk
    Mohammed Zulk 3 months ago

    Chuck Liddell had great Ice power.

  • nguyên trần
    nguyên trần 3 months ago

    i shower with clothes on.

  • Boe Cat
    Boe Cat 3 months ago +1

    check out Wim HofSo many more important benefits to cold showers then what this guys talking about.and if you add in Wim Hof's breathing before the shower you will adjust to the cold 100 times faster and understand what's going on inside your body.

  • Pnume Kin
    Pnume Kin 3 months ago +1

    I prefer cold baths.

  • RibdoMac
    RibdoMac 3 months ago

    Do the Wim Hoff method first! Makes it so much easier. 4 months in and I can’t to hit water any more or wear jackets.

  • Crazy Legs
    Crazy Legs 3 months ago +1

    i have had MS 32 years (i am 47), i am one month in to this shift in my life. i can barely stand as i get in the shower (i use bars on the walls) but after being in full on cold water for 10 probably less minutes ii stand and move noticeably better. i also do 40 womans push ups, i get out of my chair do the push ups and get back in my chair UNASSISTED!! When i used to fall, i needed help to get off the floor.

  • Liisa3139
    Liisa3139 3 months ago

    No way I'm joing to!!! He is pulling your leg. He never takes cold showers.

  • Brometheus 322
    Brometheus 322 3 months ago

    3 Minutes Hot, 5 minutes as cold as it goes. Every day.

  • evo mene
    evo mene 3 months ago

    this guy is bizzare

  • Ernan Jaimes
    Ernan Jaimes 3 months ago

    Im never taking a hot shower ever again

  • nuntana2
    nuntana2 3 months ago

    I always take cold showers in my wetsuit. Not too bad then ;)

  • ron burgundy??
    ron burgundy?? 3 months ago

    As long as I start it with warm water it's not that bad

  • Moaaz Adam
    Moaaz Adam 4 months ago +1

    They used to say: "End your shower with cold water so your pores close up and let not the bacteria in after you go out".
    This makes sense to me, but when you ONLY take cold shower, you do not give a chance for those pores to be cleaned anyways coz they will be closed up immediately after exposing to cold water. Am I correct?

  • Pietro Favalesi
    Pietro Favalesi 4 months ago

    I have been having cold showers for about 4 months now. Probably it has been the best time of my life so far

  • mano shrudeep
    mano shrudeep 4 months ago

    I take cold showers on a regular basis to give me the mental strength to face a stressful day in office.
    Cold showers makes me fresh after waking up early or after returning home from office
    It makes me ready to get out of the house.

    • Nik Duncan
      Nik Duncan 4 months ago +1

      Have you tried the Wim Hof breathing technique before your cold shower? I've only recently tried cold showers. Did cold showers straight and then looked into how to do them easier. Can't claim that I enjoy them or do them regularly. But, I thought the Wim Hof method helped. FYI, cause the research took me a minute, you lie down and take 30 deep inhalations followed by exhalations. Then you hold your breath for 1-2 minutes. Repeat the cycle 3 times. I experience a tingling in my hands by the end of the first inhalation cycle. I found while doing this that my body didn't experience the shock of the cold shower practicing the technique as opposed to not. Mind you, I wasn't trying to stay in the shower for a long time.

  • oScarM760
    oScarM760 4 months ago

    I was so addicted to cold showers I lost my day job. I’m in rehab now.

  • Jeremy H
    Jeremy H 4 months ago

    Cold showers help prevent nocturnal emissions. Big help when you been on nofap for 3 years.

  • Terry Hunt
    Terry Hunt 4 months ago

    I've been taking daily showers for a month maybe but it's Summer, Winter will be the test, maybe then I will be able to relate to the little girl comments. Lol.I have made some life changing decisions during this time. Frankly I don't know if cold showers are making the difference but I am definitely in a good place with my life right now so I'll persevere with it. "Making the decision to be uncomfortable" was a powerful statement. I have tended to retreat into my comfort zone now I realize that it is an unhelpful kind of dysfunctional habit.

  • Masta Katz
    Masta Katz 4 months ago

    Doing the ice water enema while in the cold shower is the touchdown.

  • Michael Wilder
    Michael Wilder 4 months ago

    Instead of jumping in cold water for 5 minutes, it's a lot more sustainable to slowly increase the duration and/or coldness over a series of days/weeks. Also, breathing techniques are highly important and effect

  • lucax tshotting
    lucax tshotting 4 months ago

    jesus i cant go trough this without getting asleep, and i just took a pretty decent nap

  • lucax tshotting
    lucax tshotting 4 months ago

    scream like a little girl wooow thats sexist dude

  • lucax tshotting
    lucax tshotting 4 months ago

    that guy got you good joe

  • Chrome Burrito
    Chrome Burrito 4 months ago

    This guy is the worst...nob.

  • El Nene .Galan
    El Nene .Galan 4 months ago

    Next time...don't run fr cover when it rains...just walk calmly...people will think you are crazy...

  • ToOldToSkate
    ToOldToSkate 4 months ago

    He should have gone into how epic you feel after you take a cold shower - you get an energy rush like some sort of drug and your mind clears to absolute clarity.

  • John J. Jay
    John J. Jay 4 months ago

    Very much interesting. What I would add (beside highlighting physical benefits of cold showers, see Rhonda Patrick and Wim Hof for more) is that you do have to willfully accept it as a challenge. Not like 'yet another stress in my life' kind of passive approach, but as chance to learn to confront and overcome discomfort in life. 'Discomfort is the 'price' we have to pay to *achieve* our goals, make our dreams reality: accept it, face it, embrace it, go through it until you can look back with pride from your rightfully conquered spot.
    You may not willing to do it (or not again) but push yourself into it saying I can do it, I want to do it, I'm building resilience, I will enjoy so much the time after this... And you will. Next time, easier.
    On a side note: screaming 'like a little girl' isn't realistic, nor fair. 'Or boy', that is. ;-)

  • Akbar X
    Akbar X 4 months ago

    I learned to do this naturally wanting to force myself to be more uncomfortable.

  • M. Benstein
    M. Benstein 4 months ago +1

    Great talk

  • Meekainc
    Meekainc 4 months ago +1

    BRAVO! Loving my cold showers - 3 weeks in (thanks to Wim Hof 🎉)

  • Stuart Kaufman
    Stuart Kaufman 4 months ago

    so... does one use soap and wash... or is that done in a hot shower followed by gradually turning down the hot water?

    • Nick Dreezy
      Nick Dreezy 4 months ago +1

      I start luke warmish so it's bearable to shampoo or brush my teeth etc. then I slowly make it colder and colder. I found this making it a lot easier

  • Shelby V
    Shelby V 4 months ago

    I find myself in this story, but i think 5 min cold shower for the start is not ok .

  • Kumquat Perk
    Kumquat Perk 5 months ago

    I have been diving into the ocean in Alaska every morning for going on two months now at dawn, dead of winter. In and out. I cannot do 5 minutes. I am 63. I am a heart patient. There is science behind this. I do WIMHOF breathing before I go in. I envision comfort, not discomfort. My pulse and bp are down to normal.

  • Gary Williams UK
    Gary Williams UK 5 months ago

    Cold showers daily right here

  • Gus DaCosta
    Gus DaCosta 5 months ago

    “Objects in cold shower are bigger than they appear”

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  • Mary Ann Wuebker
    Mary Ann Wuebker 5 months ago +4

    "I screamed like a little girl." - poor choice of words.

  • Dave Randle
    Dave Randle 5 months ago

    The only problem with cold showers is a few hours after I take them I get sleepy and tired

  • insanemaori
    insanemaori 5 months ago

    We talking winter or summer? You shouldn't be screaming like a girl in the summer when outside temperatures are 25C°+ if it's winter time and it's bellow zero and the pipes are frozen then you can legitimately hit those high notes. That being said, who seriously showers for 5 mins anyway? You will spend most of that 5mins rushing to wash you won't even have time to enjoy the beauty of the cold as it slaps your face. What about washing your hair? I hope you don't skip the best part... it's like 1000 needles beautifully penetrating your skull. By that time you have forgotten it cold and find yourself reaching to turn the temperature down. I gave up on cold shower years ago I take ice baths now much more relaxing

    • Nick Dreezy
      Nick Dreezy 4 months ago

      Especially when it's a cold shower, I want to get out of there as soon as possible lol

  • mark kouba
    mark kouba 5 months ago

    Is it cheating if you add a tiny bit of hot water?

  • Josh Taton
    Josh Taton 5 months ago

    Do you only take cold showers or do you allow yourself warm showers or baths from time to time? At night perhaps? Always wondered this when viewing these videos of people who take cold showers.

  • wienerdogman paul
    wienerdogman paul 5 months ago

    Good presentation :)

  • Anthony Xyy
    Anthony Xyy 5 months ago

    Not sure the temp of shower is going to fix peoples problems think about the people cant pay gas or elec bill to keep water warm there life are prob very confutable

  • nonya business
    nonya business 5 months ago

    Most unconviencing Tedtalk ever! IMO

    • Bas
      Bas Month ago

      youre just a pussy:D

  • Hari Das Raphael.
    Hari Das Raphael. 5 months ago

    I take cold shower with Kangen beauty water. I have Kangen Water machine and I use for taking cold shower. Machine remove all toxins from water.

  • retipser j
    retipser j 5 months ago

    I bathe in ice water....wim hof set me off

  • T2HeadedEagle
    T2HeadedEagle 5 months ago

    Yes it's true that cold showers are great for you for many reasons but this speaker is boring. End of story.

  • JunkDealer
    JunkDealer 5 months ago

    Graduate to golden showers. Cold showers are so yesterday.

  • Prototype19920101
    Prototype19920101 5 months ago

    Damn that was inspiring. Im gonna take a cold shower now

  • Patricia Lumpkin
    Patricia Lumpkin 6 months ago

    Taking cold showers is the key to freedom. Love and light

    TAHEP 6 months ago

    same thing applies to running about which there is a story told by Will Smith, as I remember he was saying; when you are running and get tired there is a little guy appears in your mind saying "enough, I can't do it anymore" but if you don't listen to that voice and keep running you will have the sense of triumph against him, in other words you will learn not to be giving up against the difficulties you encounter in your daily life.Because you chose running which is a difficult for many people instead of lying on a sofa in front of the tv, computer e.g, you chose to suffer and this is going to make you stronger as mental and physical!

  • Juan Pablo
    Juan Pablo 6 months ago

    Hahahaha dude I find this hilarious, here in South America is normal to take cold showers, wake up at 5am, walk your way to work, working hard from 7 to 8 and we don't get to brag about it in a Ted talk. I'm always amazed by the things white people take pride of.

  • J T
    J T 6 months ago

    Cold showers does feel great. (after) the most important quiestion at this point do you have a standing shower or a bath

  • Vinit Deshpande
    Vinit Deshpande 6 months ago

    Ancient Indian knowledge. You learn this now.

  • seb steyn
    seb steyn 6 months ago

    First day and it’s already comfortable, gives me pins and needles. I actually find it rather relaxing, no clenching or uncomfortable feelings so far

  • Stephanie Marie
    Stephanie Marie 6 months ago

    Visit my channel for my cold plunging to boost my immune system. I am losing my eyesight and am on a journey to cure myself. I also eat plant based foods. I started my vegan jouney 8 months ago

  • Tuxedo
    Tuxedo 6 months ago

    3:05 Did he wanted to say "Cold Approach"? RSD affiliate! :D