Crush the 30 Day Cold Water Challenge and Feel Amazing
“The cold is your warm friend” -Wim Hoff
Theres a man out there named Wim Hoff. He fittingly got the nickname “The Iceman” for his ability to withstand the cold. He not only has 20 world records for various feats but one of them was longest time submerged in ice water.
Another was for running a marathon at the arctic circle in roughly -20°C weather. How does he withstand the cold so easily? According to him its just breathing exercises he practises. Read about how to perform the Wim Hoff method of breathing control here then come back. We’ve got a challenge to do.
The 30 Day Cold Water Challenge
So before you begin this challenge know that over exposure to cold can result in hypothermia. Use caution but don’t be afraid, be brave. Whatever the obstacle is you can always at least try your hardest. So the challenge. For the next 30 days you are going to expose yourself to cold water for at least 30 seconds.
Now you might be thinking “well I don’t go full blast hot so thats cold”. Nope. Cold means as cold as your shower can go. You can ease into it by gradually getting colder but the 30 seconds starts once you’re in the coldest of the cold your shower gets.
“If you can learn how to use your mind, anything is possible.” -Wim Hoff
Now you may not believe me but by the end of this challenge you’ll be going well over the 30 seconds because of how amazing it feels. But start with 30, its an easy goal to push yourself towards.
Push Yourself It’ll Be Worth It
So now you might be thinking why the hell would I do this. Fair question. Well for starters its been proven that cold exposure causes little muscles around your veins to become stronger. Causing your circulatory system to become more efficient. Your energy levels peak like crazy after a cold shower, whereas warm showers make you feel sluggish.
Finally challenges like this even if a little silly cause us to push ourselves. We grow through our self imposed adversity and become better able to deal with the adversity life can throw at us whether or not we’re prepared.
“It is moments like this that one needs to face his fears. The best way to have such a moment is to gradually confront the fear and approach it in a way that is both exciting and inspiring.” -Wim Hoff
Besides if were in the future looking back at yourself would you want to have been the kind of person who just went for it. Or who backed away because it seemed a bit strange or tough. Do it! You’ll have fun.
Heres his book “Becoming the Iceman” with more insight into his breathing method and how he developed it. Which is based off Tummo (inner heat) Meditation and Pranayama (yogic breathing).
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