How to keep yourself out of the cold in the upcoming colder days?! Let me present you my inspirer about the cold - Wim Hoff.
My inspiration in this post is Wim Hoff. He is famous as “The Ice Man”. Wim Hoff has done many extraordinary challenges.
Running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle, barefoot only wearing shorts
Swimming underneath ice for 66 meters
Hanging on one finger at an altitude of 2,000 meters
Climbing the highest mountains in the world while wearing shorts
Running a full marathon in the Namib Desert without drinking
Standing in a container while covered in ice cubes for extended periods of time
It’s awesome isn’t it?!
At the moment I am learning his breathing technique and the cold showers. With his breathing technique I am able to keep my breath for about 3 minutes, which is extraordinary for me. I’ve never done it before. So try it out. Here is a link with a demo click here
For more information, check out his website
Here is early in the morning, around 1C and I don’t feel cold
I would like to share my own opinion about, how I survive and enjoy the cold. These are not tips for mountains. I will keep it simple and understandable.
Do you want to not freeze in the cold days and the upcoming colder days? There is one simple rule, just face the cold. As it is with everything you don’t like, you have to face it and accept it. So, do the same with the cold.
Here are 6 + 1 tips, that I want to share with you:
1. Take cold showers in the morning (it might be a little uncomfortable for you in the begging). What really helps for me it’s a short meditation before the shower. In this way you make your mind still and more accepting to the cold. It is the mind that accepts the cold and helps the body to welcome it too. After the cold shower drink some hot tea and enjoy your morning refreshed and awake. I am usually taking cold showers for about 1-2 minutes, but 30 seconds is also a good to start.
Doing that for at least 2 weeks and you will start to feel better outside. It is very important to take it slowly,so you don’t get sick. Also don’t do that if you are sick at the moment.
2.Relax and take deep breaths when you feel a little cold. This way you face the cold calmly and you are more likely to accept it.
3.Don’t overdress yourself. Putting a winter sweatshirt and jacket on 15 degrees is not a great idea. What are you going to do when it hits 0? Or -10, -20? Try to feel the cold until is comfy and bearable.
Don’t stay with a jacket in a warm places. I know it’s obvious, but I still see people doing that and outside they freeze.
4.Travel by bike – Eco Travel. That’s a great way to warm yourself up. Using a mask is great addition, not breathing the polluted air and it keeps you warmer.
5.Feel the cold. When you are advanced in your practice you will start to feel how the cold charge you and makes you more energetic (for sure it works when I’m cycling)
6.Ice baths. That’s next level cold shower.It’s not only improving your cold tolerance, but also It is really helpful for your joints and muscles after long running or just hard training. I’ve done that when I was preparing for my first long run. It was amazing!
Extra tip for the phone lovers.
Buy phone gloves. Don’t let your fingers freeze, because you can’t wait to answer your beep message or you just need your phone.
That’s my personal experience, don’t do it if you don’t want it. I would love to know how you bare with the cold! 🙂
Thanks for reading!