You might find this hard to believe and maybe even straight-up silly, but getting really, really, stupidly cold might just be one of the keys to unlocking some of your potential and being the best dad you can be.
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of the cold being anything more than something worth cursing at violently in the middle of January in New England I encourage you to watch the following podcasts with Wim Hof.
I first learned of the Dutch master of the cold — otherwise known as “The Iceman” — on the “Joe Rogan Experience” and found him to be fascinating and enlightening for introducing me to this concept but also about bringing attention to the capability of the human body to stretch past its currently accepted limitations.
Without spoiling too much, he’s basically been able to do some superhuman-sounding stuff in front of awed scientists, thriving in extreme cold with minimal clothing, being injected with an endotoxin and healing himself intrinsically, etc. … all through a specific breathing pattern he’s developed.
Again, things that sound ripped from a comic book, but are instead real life and scientifically proven.
Hof has been on Rogan a couple of times. Both worth listening to.
By now you’re wondering what this has to do with being a good dad.
While I’ve yet to incorporate full mountain climbing in shorts into my routine (like he did on Everest), the Iceman has inspired me to try to work the cold into my daily mix more often to see what it might enhance.
At the end of every shower I take now, I practice doing some Wim Hof-style breaths (download the app below to see how it’s done) and turn the dial all the way cold and just soak that in for a few minutes.
It’s wild the rush of life you get just from doing that.
Instant clear-headedness, relief from tension and inflammation and just and overall tangible sense of calmness compared to when I stepped into the shower.
In other words: a much better state to parent in.
- Cold Therapy | WimHofMethod.com
- The Benefits of Being Cold | TheAtlantic.com
- Ice baths and snow meditation: can cold therapy make you stronger? | TheGuardian.com
- The Physical and Mental Benefits of Cold Showers | TheManual.com
- How Cryotherapy Affects the Brain, the Immune System, Metabolism, and Athletic Performance | FoundMyFitness.com
Now just go take a cold shower and thank me later.