Body & Mind Tempering

Few facts about your body

  • Your body is tuned to optimally operate within 20–21°C (68–71°F)
  • 125,000 km (77,671 mi) of blood vessels running through your body.
    It’s enough to go around the world 3 times! Just think about that for a sec.
  • There are two types of fat in your body: White fat and Brown fat.
    Brown fat is keeping your body warm by utilizing glucose and fat. Newborn babies don’t shiver as they have a lot of brown fat to keep them warm. People who live in colder climates have more brown fat than those that are not. By exposing to cold, overweight people lose weight by fueling brown fat with the white one.

Known health benefits from exposing your body to cold

  • Improves blood circulation
  • Activates brown fat
  • Trains you heart and cardiovascular system
  • Improves immune system by increasing the amount of leukocytes, which helps fighting against viruses, parasites, bacteria and foreign substances
  • Clears your skin and making it soft
  • Charges you with energy. Adrenaline and dopamine levels rise instantly, giving you the “energy boost”
  • Improves your mood

Besides the health benefits outlined above, there are additional benefits I personally found for myself:

  • It’s a good mental training
  • Raises self-confidence and gives a sense of accomplishment. A mini-win over the mind
  • Speeds up muscle recovery and relieves soreness for people who keep an active lifestyle
  • Helps to clear the mind and fight negative thoughts. It also slows the mind down in a way, so you get a sense of stillness and connection between mind and body

3-step Body Tempering Procedure

It’s not all just about getting cold

There are two parts of the exercise: breathing and cold. The breathing part is not intended to relax you. It is there to enable you to control your mind and body.

It’s not all just about getting cold

Ice bath, or a cold shower is only the tool that allows you to train your mind. Think of it as a mental gym. Just as if I would go to the gym to train my body, I dive into the ice to train my mind.

Your breathing is the link between the physical, material world and the spiritual, non-tangible world.

Few useful tips

  • Don’t think about taking a cold shower. Don’t think how cold and uncomfortable it will get. Don’t let your mind talk you out of it.
  • Focus only on stepping into the shower. Period. Just step in, the rest will follow.
  • When in cold, focus on what follows. Think of how good the warm water will feel afterwards and how good you will feel about yourself.
  • Remember, the cold shower won’t last forever, but the mental strength will.

“It’s all Good Mental Training”

Once you have formed the habit of taking cold showers daily, don’t let it vanish. To see the benefits outlined above, you have to stay consistent. There will be times when you travel, catch a cold or simply don’t have access to a shower, and that’s fine. It gives you the opportunity to try something new. If its a winter time, go out and jump into the snow — scare your neighbors. Maybe there is a lake or pond nearby that you can dunk in. Gyms, community centers all over us. Don’t look for excuses, because you will find them. Instead, search for the opportunities and stay creative.

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