***Note: The following is an edited audio transcript from the above video***
The Thrill of Cold Plunging:
When I was about six years old, I took this trip to Sedona Arizona, and stopped at a place called Slide Rock State Park, which is kind of like a natural water slide. And even though it was Arizona the water was insanely cold, the coldest water I've ever been in for this six-year-old body. But I was just a kid and it looked fun so I went on this water slide and embraced the cold.
I ended up sliding further than most of the kids because I was having so much fun. But I didn't see the small cliff ahead. I dropped off the edge of the cliff into this big pool of water. And because the water was still rushing like a river, I was probably underwater for about 10 seconds. That's kind of a long time when you're underwater. so, naturally, my mom was freaking out that I was stuck under there. But as soon as she's about to dive in for me, I pop my head out of the water, and she just sees the biggest smile on my face.
To this day, I'm convinced that I wasn't smiling because of the thrill of the waterslide, I was smiling because of the shock of the cold water. So, ever since that moment, I've totally confirmation biased myself into believing that jumping in cold water is one of the top five best feelings in the world. And now, not only do I want everyone to experience this cold water thing with something small like taking a cold shower, but I'm also hoping to convince you to join me in my monthly cold plunges, even in the wintertime.
Benefits Beyond the Chill:
Cold plunging is not just about the initial discomfort—it's an investment in your well-being. It's an art of embracing discomfort to enhance physical and emotional resilience. This resilience-building practice has numerous health benefits, from stimulating autophagy, the body's self-cleaning mechanism, to encouraging brown fat production for effective energy burning.
Unlocking Your Body's Potential:
Voluntary discomfort, like cold plunging, serves as a training ground for stress resilience. It teaches your body to adapt and thrive in the face of stressors, making you more impervious to the challenges life throws your way. By incrementally exposing yourself to discomfort, you elevate your ability to handle stress with a calm and collected demeanor.
Health and Wellness Beyond the Chill:
Cold water immersion isn't just about toughness—it's a gateway to longevity. While I won't claim that it directly makes you live longer, the physiological processes it triggers, such as autophagy and improved adaptability to stress, contribute to a healthier and longer life. Beyond longevity, cold plunging stimulates brown fat production, aids weight loss, and promotes healthier skin.
Tips for Cold Plunging:
If you're intrigued and ready to embark on your cold plunging journey, here are some tips.
Start with a cold shower of end with a cold finish during your regular shower routine. Gradually extend the cold duration to build tolerance.
When venturing into natural water bodies, test the water first and never jump without an easy escape route. Stay in the water until your breath calms, and opt for a standing entry to make the experience more manageable.
Mindful Meditation for Warmth:
To enhance your cold plunging experience, consider a guided meditation to cultivate inner warmth. Focusing on your breath and imagining a pulsating warmth expanding from your heart throughout your body can prepare your mind for the chilly adventure. This mind-body connection can make the cold more bearable and even transform discomfort into a unique sensation.
Embracing discomfort through cold plunging is not just a physical challenge; it's a journey into resilience, wellness, and self-discovery. As you dip into the chill, remember that the benefits go beyond the immediate thrill—building a resilient mind and body capable of navigating life's ups and downs with grace. So, let's make discomfort our ally, unlock our body's potential, and embark on a journey of joy, resilience, and overall well-being.
Until next time, go Get Gooder!
Written by Parker Hewes, a chiropractor, author, American Ninja Warrior, and serial adventurer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. Parker believes learning and growing are the keys to living a full life. He started Getting Gooder to help others learn and grow, so they can create the happiest, healthiest, and wealthiest lives imaginable.
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