I get it, nobody really likes the cold. We all sprint from our heated cars to our heated homes and eat heated up food.
What if I told you that embracing the cold is one of the best things you could ever do for yourself?
I go for runs in freezing weather in shorts and no shirt daily - and I haven't felt sick, tired, or sad since. It's not just me however; people all over the world are embracing this 'Wim Hof Method', and there is science to back it up.
It Begins With Becoming Antifragile
"Antifragility is a property of systems that increase in capability, resilience, or robustness as a result of stressors, shocks, volatility, noise, mistakes, faults, attacks, or failures." - Professor Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of Antifragile
Exposing yourself to cold temperatures immediately shocks your body. But this is not a bad thing, seeing as there are two types of stress:
1) Acute Stress: This is the stress that is constant all of the time, let's say from your living space or job. This makes us weaker.
2) Fight or Flight Stress: This is when your autonomic nervous system is engaged. Some effects include an adrenaline shot, increased heart rate & response time, as well as laser sharp focus.
The main difference between the two is that acute stress stays and weighs you down, where fight or flight stress leaves once the stressor is gone.
The whole point of cold exposure / antifragility is that it disrupts our constant warm homeostasis, which awaken these autonomic nervous system functions. These primal functions are like a muscle; they must be worked in order to remain efficient.
Exposure to the cold reflect life like a mirror; when you regularly expose yourself to pattern disruptors, you will be able to handle unexpected disruptions much better.
Here are the main benefits of consistent cold exposure:
Reduction of inflammation, which leads to pain relief
Increased will power & memory
Free shot of adrenaline
Working the blood vessels, resulting in stronger cardiac function
Kick starts the metabolism
Awakening & strengthening the immune system
All of this information comes from my master, Wim Hof. He is an amazing person full of amazing knowledge to better mankind.
Have any questions? Let me know in the comments!
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