Freeze the Fear's Diane Buswell takes a cold shower in new TikTok video (2022)

Have you been watching BBC One's Freeze the Fear, the new Holly Willoughby-hosted reality show, in which a cast of brave celebrities are guided through challenges in sub zero temperatures?

These are led by Dutch extreme athlete Wim Hof – a man so fond of the cold that he holds the current world records for swimming under and prolonged full-body contact with ice. He believes that leaving your central heated palace for the elements comes with a 'cascade of health benefits', from enhanced sleep to the production of endorphins and a fortified immune system.

As you'll know if you have tuned in, one famous face enduring the teeth-chattering adventure is former WH cover star and Strictly Come Dancing pro, Diane Buswell. And the dancer is such an avid adopter of one of the challenges – cold showers – that she's taken to TikTok to prove just how hardcore she is, when it comes to standing under ice-y water.

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Did you watch freeze the fear last night ? And would you give the cold shower a try ? I still never get used to it but I love the feeling after 💕

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So, are cold showers actually worth it? We've had a deep dive to get you clued up.

Are cold showers better for you?

While the prospect of dunking yourself in a paddling pool of cubed frozen water might feel like one for the, erm, future, one impact of Hof's influence is the proliferation of people taking (slightly more accessible) cold showers, for their alleged health benefits.

While still not an enticing prospect, they're eminently more achievable than climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts (another achievement of the 60-year-old). But are they backed up by science?

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Here's those that have a grounding in research.

9 Health Benefits of a Cold Shower

1. A cold shower can help you recover from a hard workout more quickly

Have you heard about athletes taking ice baths after training to promote recovery? Well, the principles behind taking a cold shower instead are very similar.

‘Cold generally stimulates a response of the blood vessels, which causes vasoconstriction (narrowing of the blood vessels),’ says Hasit Jethwa, health and fitness tutor at The Training Room.

‘Essentially, this occurs in order to direct the blood to where it’s needed the most, in this case, vital organs. So, blood is forced to return to the heart where it can then be transported to the lungs to replenish and this oxygenated blood can then be pumped around the body, meaning you are now getting fresh oxygen and nutrients to the right areas.

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'The cold also helps to reduce any potential inflammation you might experience post exercise, which can help to speed up your recovery and reduce your aches and pains.’

2. A cold shower might boost your mental heath

According to a study from experts at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, taking cold showers for two to three minutes, once or twice a day, preceded by a five minute 'adjustment period' of slowly cooling water, could be a helpful part of relieving some of the symptoms of depression.

How? The team put the positive findings down to the fact that exposure to cold activates the sympathetic nervous system and, due to the high density of cold receptors in the skin, sends lots of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain. While they concluded that larger studies would be requited to corroborate the findings, it's a promising start.

3. A cold shower can provide pain relief

There’s a reason why you put ice on a burn or a bad back – cold can have anaesthetic-like effects says findings published in the North American Journal of Medical Sciences.

The principles are the same as those outlined by Jethwa above: cold constricts blood vessels, reducing swelling and it also potentially slows the rate at which pain signals are transmitted to the brain.

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4. A cold shower might support your immune system

This one is pending further research. But one 2016 study found that participants were 29% less likely to need to call in sick to work, when they practiced the hot-to-cold approach of showering. The data showed a link between those who have a hot shower, with 30-90-second bursts of cold water reported fewer sick days than those who took warm showers.

‘This is supposedly due to the increase in metabolic rate caused by the shock of temperature change,’ says Jethwa. ‘Your body then accelerates its functions, in order to try and compensate.’

5. A cold shower can make you feel more alert

No surprises with this one – the reduced difference in temperature of a cold shower comes as a bit of a shock to your body.

‘This places your body under stress,’ says Jethwa. ‘Which sends your sympathetic nervous system into a “fight or flight” response so, you may, all of a sudden, feel much more focused and alert.

‘Being under the physical stress of cold temperatures means your requirement for oxygen also greatly increases, which promotes a higher breathing rate and forces more oxygen into the body.’

6. A cold shower can support fat loss

The key word here is ‘support’. Yes, a study published in Cell revealed that exposure to cold temperatures can protect against obesity, improve your metabolism and alters the composition of your gut bacteria so it’s better suited to burn fat but the studies were based on mice placed in cold conditions for ten days.

However, there is evidence that taking a cold shower can activate brown fat, a type that helps to generate heat around the body by burning calories.

7. A cold shower can improve your complexion

‘Cold water is great for the skin,’ says Kay Greveson, Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner at Regents Park Aesthetics. ‘Even a simple splash of cold water after cleansing can give you brighter skin.’

‘In addition to this, to lock in our core temperature our skin’s pores shrink, which can help improve the overall texture and appearance of the skin,’ says Dr. Michael Barnish, Aesthetic Doctor at the Dr. Jonquille Chantrey Clinic.

Oh, and those benefits we’ve already mentioned – that cold reduces inflammation and boosts your body’s immune response? Well those both work together to reduce the lifespan of spots.

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Pretty impressive stuff.

8. A cold shower can help you better manage stress

Perhaps one for the brave to try out – in a study from 2000, researchers placed participants in 14 degree C water for one hour. It may sound extreme, but the experience did trigger a reduction in levels of cortisol – the stress hormone – in the body.

9. A cold shower could improve your heart health

As Jethwa has already identified, cold showers cause the body’s blood vessels to constrict. Blood rushes around to the organs to stay warm – promoting blood flow. An improved circulation is associated with better cardiovascular health – meaning your heart stays healthy and happy.

However, it’s also important to remember that cold temperatures force your heart to work harder to keep your body warm – which could, in turn, according to the British Heart Foundation, put your health at risk.

The takeaway? There are many other ways of keeping your heart healthy – like a balanced diet and exercise plan – so don’t rely on cold therapy alone.

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How to Harness the Health Benefits of a Cold Shower

Keen to give it a go? Great. But before you dive right in, like with anything new, cold showers are worth giving your body time to adjust to.

‘There is not really an optimum way of taking a cold shower,’ says Jethwa. ‘Some people may have a short, five to 10-minute shower at a consistently cool temperature, whilst others may vary between heat and cold intermittently.

Ultimately, it’s about what works best for the individual, as everyone’s bodies are different. With some trial and error, you should be able to figure out which method is the most effective for your body.’

And remember, cold showers aren’t for everyone. If you have a history of heart conditions, high blood pressure, a weakened immune system or any concerns as to whether cold showers would be of benefit to you, seek the advice of a medical professional, first.

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FAQs

Who is Dianne on freeze the fear? ›

Dianne Buswell weeps in terror as she considers Freeze the Fear's final challenge - a petrifying bridge swing in which she must free-fall from 500ft under the guidance of Wim Hof. The Strictly star, 33, is in tears in an exclusive clip as she tries to decide whether or not to make the leap, high above the Italian Alps.

What is the point of freeze the fear? ›

The series began broadcasting on BBC One on 12 April 2022. The series follows eight celebrities who are trained by Dutch extreme athlete and motivational speaker Wim Hof, to complete a series of challenges in sub-zero temperatures that tests the participants both physically and mentally.

Who is Patrice in freeze the fear? ›

Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof.

Where in northern Italy was freeze the fear filmed? ›

In the Dolomites, part of the Alps in northern Italy, snow typically begins to settle in December and lasts through to March - providing a perfect setting for Wim's chilly challenges.

Are Joe and Dianne still together 2022? ›

Are Dianne Buswell and Joe Sugg still dating? As of September 2022, Dianne and Joe Sugg are still very much an item after they were partnered together on Strictly in 2018. On December 16, 2018 Joe FINALLY confirmed his romance with Dianne the day after the Strictly final.

How high is the bridge in Freeze the Fear? ›

Tonight, it's the final episode of the series. Will the celebrities be able to freeze their fear and complete the ultimate challenge of jumping from a 500ft high bridge?

How cold is the water in Freeze the Fear? ›

The latest instalment of the survival series saw the contestants tasked with enduring a 15-second cold shower as part of a challenge that will become part of their daily routine, except the amount of time they spend under the 12-degree water will increase by a further 15-seconds every day until they can endure it for ...

Has Freeze the Fear finished? ›

'Freeze the Fear' viewers love 'uplifting' series as it ends with dramatic bridge jump.

How long were the celebrities away for in Freeze the Fear? ›

But it's all about facing your fears and getting a hold over them. In the end, of course, it was a great experience." He continues: "Later in the series, these celebrities were spending 10, 11 minutes in icy water, no problem. Fully tranquil, fully serene, in control.

How was Freeze the Fear made? ›

The series was filmed under the supervision of trained professionals in line with strict health and safety procedures. Across six episodes, Wim Hof will attempt to help the stars face their fears and embrace freezing temperatures in a bid to become happier, healthier and stronger.

How many episodes of Freeze the Fear are there? ›

Who is Patrice on the ice? ›

Patrice Lauzon (born November 26, 1975) is a Canadian ice dancing coach and former competitor. With his wife Marie-France Dubreuil, he is a two-time (2006–2007) World silver medalist.

Is the village in Freeze the Fear real? ›

The BBC series took UK celebrities abroad to northern Italy. The Europe location saw the contestants face below-zero conditions in the Italian Alps, where they lived together in a tented village. Specifically, their accommodation was based at the Comune di Cogne.

Where is Freeze the Fear bridge? ›

Where is Freeze The Fear filmed? BBC One's Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof was filmed earlier this year in Northern Italy. The celebrities took part in challenges located in the Italian mountains and the show's stars stayed in a tented village during filming.

Where can I watch Freeze the Fear? ›

Currently you are able to watch "Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof" streaming on Sky Go.

Are Nadia and Kai together? ›

In order to celebrate girlfriend Nadiya's 33rd birthday, Kai posted a sweet tribute to her on Instagram. Featuring numerous photos of the loved-up couple together, Kai wrote the caption: “Happy birthday my baby girl.

Are Diane and Joe married? ›

I thought we were getting married," with Dianne responding: "I'd want a nicer ring than that!" So no, these two love birds are not getting married just yet. I may not have won the glitter ball, but I've won something a million times more special.

Are John and Johannes a couple? ›

Despite missing out on the glitterball trophy, Johannes and John have remained close friends, so it's no surprise the dancer wanted to reminisce about their time together before he gets his new 2022 Strictly partner.

Where is Freeze the Fear index filmed? ›

The six-part series was filmed over several weeks in sub-zero temperatures in Northern Italy in the Italian mountains.

Who is Wim Hof's wife? ›

Can you visit Wim Hof? ›

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Who is in the freeze? ›

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  • Dianne Buswell. ...
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How cold is the water in Wim Hof? ›

The Temperature Range for an Ice Bath is between 2°C and 16°C (35°F and 60°F). If you have too much ice then you risk an injury from frostbite. if your water is above the 16°C threshold then your body doesn't e.g. increase noradrenaline production. I consider 10°C (50°F) to be a sensible target.

What day is Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof? ›

Freeze The Fear airs on BBC One at 9pm on Tuesdays.

How often is Freeze the Fear on? ›

Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof premieres on Tuesday 12th April 2022 at 9pm on BBC One, with new episodes airing weekly on the broadcaster. The programme will also be available to watch anytime on BBC iPlayer.

Is 32 below freezing? ›

Thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit is considered a light freeze. Meanwhile, a moderate freeze is anything between 29 and 32. Hard freeze is anything between 25 and 28. Finally, a severe freeze is anything of 24 degrees Fahrenheit and below.

Who are the contestants on Freeze the Fear? ›

Celebrity line-up announced for brand-new BBC One entertainment series Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof, presented by Holly Willoughby and Lee Mack
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  • Wim Hof.
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Where did the celebrities stay on Freeze the Fear? ›

BBC One's Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof was filmed earlier this year in Northern Italy. The celebrities took part in challenges located in the Italian mountains and the show's stars stayed in a tented village during filming.

Where are the celebs staying in Freeze the Fear? ›

The celebrities took part in challenges located in the Italian mountains and the show's stars stayed in a tented village during filming.

Where is fear filmed? ›

Filming locations include Seattle, WA. and Lions Bay and Vancouver, BC.

Where was keep breathing filmed? ›

“Keep Breathing was filmed mainly around Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, and Squamish, Whistler, Mission, and Cobble Hill in Vancouver Island,” Meg Campbell, who oversees publicity for Netflix Canada, told Daily Hive.

Is Freeze the Fear on every Tuesday? ›

Eight celebrities will take part in challenges under sub-zero conditions with Wim Hof. It's an adventure not to be missed! Catch up on iPlayer and upcoming episodes every Tuesdays at 9pm on BBC One.

What channel is freeze on? ›

What is Freeze the Fear about? Freeze the Fear follows eight celebrities as they give up their warm cosy lives to live in the Italian mountains in sub-zero conditions. The BBC show will have Wim Hofman guiding the eight celebrities participating in the challenge.

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Who are the celebrities on Face the fear? ›

  • Tamzin Outhwaite. BBC. Age: 51. Job: Actress and presenter. ...
  • Chelcee Grimes. BBC. Age: 29. Job: Footballer and singer-songwriter. ...
  • Dianne Buswell. BBC. Age: 32. Job: Professional dancer. ...
  • Alfie Boe. BBC. Age: 48. ...
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What age is Dianne Buswell? ›

Who is Wim Hof's wife? ›

How long were the celebrities in Italy for Freeze the Fear? ›

The six-part series was filmed over several weeks in sub-zero temperatures in Northern Italy in the Italian mountains.

How long were the celebrities in Freeze the Fear? ›

Later in the series, these celebrities were spending10, 11 minutes in icy water, no problem. Fully tranquil, fully serene, in control. This is the way to deal with stress. And they showed within a couple of episodes how to tackle that.

How many episodes of freeze with fear are there? ›

Has Freeze the Fear finished? ›

'Freeze the Fear' viewers love 'uplifting' series as it ends with dramatic bridge jump.

How was Freeze the Fear made? ›

The series was filmed under the supervision of trained professionals in line with strict health and safety procedures. Across six episodes, Wim Hof will attempt to help the stars face their fears and embrace freezing temperatures in a bid to become happier, healthier and stronger.

How tall is jowita? ›

5 ft 0 in

When did Joe and Diane start dating? ›

The Strictly couple have been dating since 2018

However, in a new interview, the former Strictly Come Dancing contestant surprised fans by admitting she is his first girlfriend. During a chat with The Sunday Times, the 29-year-old YouTube star confessed: "Dianne is my first girlfriend.

How long can Wim hold his breath? ›

Wim Hof holds the Guinness World Record for the longest ice bath, he's run a marathon in the desert without drinking and regulated his own body temperature and has held his breath for six minutes. It sounds crazy, but for the “Iceman” extreme cold and breath are the keys to his connection to himself.

What happened to Iceman HOFS stomach? ›

A six-inch surgical scar across his stomach marks a time he took his training too far and ended up in the hospital. Hof is a savant and a madman.

Is Wim Hof a vegetarian? ›

Most available information suggests that Wim Hof is vegetarian but will often follow a completely vegan diet for extended periods. While Wim Hof himself has never provided clarification on the point, it is known that he does not eat meat, although this is for moral reasons, as opposed to health concerns.

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