Has it happened to you, too?
In your mind, you’ve decided that you want to really go for it tomorrow. Perhaps do a morning workout. Break a sweat. Make a change.
You feel excited the night before, writing down your workout plan until it’s perfect.
And you think you’ll be ready to jump into it after waking up.
Shimmering with enthusiasm, you go to bed. Ready to embrace the challenge ahead.
But when you wake up, when it’s do or die, you feel lethargic.
You hit the snooze button once more.
You just don’t have the energy and you don’t like black tar coffee.
What can you do to ‘fire up your day’ and get the courage to continue?
Here is a simple ‘natural energy hack’ that works better than caffeine and will help your recovery.
The Natural Cold Immersion Hack
Perhaps you’ve seen it.
The Russians have done it for decades. The Chinese have done it for centuries. Wim Hof does it too.
Now modern day science it catching up.
What am I talking about?
Taking cold showers.
Athletes around the world have been using it for it’s wide range of recovery promoting and overall health benefits
Research amongst a group of 38 strength trained individuals for example showed that cold water immersion is effective in reducing physiological and functional deficits associated with muscle soreness (1).
This was also shown in a study amongst elite cyclist who showed increased recovery after cold water immersion (2).
And seems to help in overall resistance or a ‘hardening of the body’ to environmental stressors such as: disease, especially acute respiratory sickness.
Which was up to 40% lower in cold water swimmers (3).
By exposing themselves to the right dosages of stress, they became stronger in the process.
This is something referred to as a hormesis (4).
Small amounts of stress -just like training- create resilience.
A right amount of stress, creates ‘eustress’, which is a state of being energised, focused and challenged.
Too little and you become bored, too much and you burn out.
As with every stressor, you need to manage the dosages correctly to prevent it from becoming toxic or inhibitory.
If done correctly however, cold showers increase energy expenditure which aids in burning fat (5)
And if it’s not the benefits from a physical point of view there seem to be even immune control or psychological benefits in the form of reduced fatigue post workout (6).
More, induced hormonal changes in dopamine and adrenaline might make cold exposure a ‘possibly’ potent anti-depressant (7).
While at the same time, if done with the proper methodology can actually lead to ‘a degree of control over the sympathetic nervous system’ and reduce inflammatory reactions which are associated with most sever degenerative auto-immune diseases (8).
Participants in this study were injected with an ‘endotoxin’ which causes flue like symptoms.
The ‘participants’ in the cold exposure group were able to suppress this response.
So cold water immersion works on many layers.
But there is another, perhaps even more potent reason why you should do cold showers.
The Power Of Priming Yourself With Cold Showers
Have you every knocked down a domino stone?
Allow me to explain how you can use ‘cold showers’ as that first stone that knocks over thousands.
What does this imply?
That what you do at a certain point in time can influence how you do other things.
You might for example see a ‘happy face’ with an ad.
Now while you might not think about it consciously, this happy face influences your purchasing decision.
It is basically priming you for good emotions, which in turn make you more likely to buy a product (10).
That’s why you should always smile when you try to get people to do something for you ;).
But how does this relate to cold showers?
You can use it the same way marketing companies use a smile.
But now you can use it as a prime to achieve your goals.
A cold shower in the morning will carry a sense of accomplishment throughout the day.
You had a challenge, you faced your challenge and you knocked it down.
Now you’ve primed yourself for ‘knocking down challenges’.
The domino effect.
Knocking down 1 challenge, gives you momentum and can increase your ability to overcome other bigger challenges to win the day.
You are ready for whatever the day may bring.
That’s why you should start with a cold shower.
So what EXACT steps can you take to tap into these benefits?
I’ll explain below.
How To Get Started With Cold Showers
Make A Cold Shower A Daily Workout Ritual
Working out doesn’t just happen when you are hanging from the bar.
Working out happens when you are lying in bed.
When you brush your teeth.
When you stand underneath a morning shower.
It’s because the way you do ‘anything, is the way you do everything’.
Small amounts of stress, build resilience and make you stronger in the process.
Every single choice you make ‘primes’ you for another one.
A small feat of courage at the beginning of the day will end up making you ‘courageous’ for the rest of the day.
That’s how courage is born and cultivated. By putting it on repeat. Every single day.
You don’t need someone to push you forward. Repeatedly.
You do it yourself. With the domino effect.
By embracing the cold for at least 10 seconds each day.
Beast mode ON!
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