From the spartans of old to a growing army of outdoor swimmers, more of us everyday are learning to love the shock of the cold that lights a fire before breakfast and powers up our minds and bodies.
Fans of ‘cold water immersion therapy’ say that it will cure everything from depression to arthritis. We know one thing for sure, occasionally, letting your body feel winter and know the brutal cold of nature is an amazing way to get every cell in your body to scream ‘let’s go!’ all at once.
Forget the scientific evidence for cold water swimming, this is about experience not research. if you haven’t tried it, you really, really should. Your body will feel all over tingly. In seconds you will transform from gasping to uplifted. Get happy, get calm, get in!
If you don’t happen to have a handy mountain lake on your doorstep, don’t be deterred, start right now with the Wim Hof method in your very own bathroom.
Five steps to a successful cold shower:
1. Have a shower as normal.
2. At the end of your shower gradually turn the temperature down to the point you start to feel uncomfortable.
3. Focus on calm and controlled breathing.
4. Stay in for a minute or two.
5. Increase time and decrease temperature as required!
Wim claims that a committed, consistent practice including the breathing technique and cold exposure will unlock a host of benefits, including; increased energy, better sleep, reduced stress levels, heightened focus and determination, increased willpower and a stronger immune system.
Come on in th th the water’s lovely.