Cold exposure. As the name suggests, this popular new treatment is all about submerging your body in extreme cold environments for a limited amount of time to take advantage of some unreal health benefits. Cold exposure isn’t just the latest health fad though—it is a proven science that actually works.
Yes, it is cold.
Yes, it can be uncomfortable.
And yes, you are probably going to hate it the first time you try it.
But, if you can toughen up and get through the treatments (which I know you can) you will be amazed by what it can do for your body. Designed to help enhance the nervous system, decrease inflammation and promote longevity—cold exposure can do things that most modern medical treatments simply cannot.
If you have seen the cyro-tanks in your neighborhood, read about cold exposure therapy or seen videos of the men and women that submerge themselves in the wild—and have thought about trying it before. Now is the time.
There is no better time than the present to suck it up and give cold exposure therapy a try—because I promise you, it will be worth those few minutes of cold.
Don’t believe me, here are just six (of the many) proven reasons why you should toughen up and try cold exposure for yourself.
- It Can Help You Lose Fat
Real, sustainable fat loss is very difficult. It takes a great deal of diet and exercise and a lot of discipline. However—cold exposure therapy can also help with your fat loss efforts.
Humans store what is known as brown fat tissue, which is what essentially turns calories from food into heat for your body. Cold exposure can increase the activity of this brown fat tissue, and essentially as the body gets colder and colder, this fat burns more and more food calories as a result.
Losing fat takes hard work and discipline, and having the discipline to sit through cold exposure can help you reach your fat loss goals.
- It Can Help You Live Longer
I am so disciplined about taking care of myself and my body because I want to live as long as I can for my wife and for my children. Sure, cold exposure therapy can be a bit uncomfortable for a few minutes—but it can help you live longer.
There have been numerous studies on different animals and cold exposure therapy and it is thought that cold-exposure can increase hormesis. This is what makes animals stronger and more efficient when they are exposure to environmental stresses.
If you want to be stronger, more efficient and ready to take on the stressors of your environment—give cold exposure a try.
- It Can Help You Heal Injuries.
If you have been suffering injuries from working out, sports or just manual labor on the job—you know how frustrating it can be when injuries start to hold you back. The good news is cold exposure can help.
One of the key benefits of cold exposure is that it can reduce inflammation, which can help reduce blood flow and swelling to those injured areas. It can also help with muscle spasm and metabolic demand.
Think of how you immediately submerge a sprained ankle into ice after an injury—and how much that will help with the pain, swelling and recovery.
Now imagine doing this for your entire body.
Whether you have a serious acute injury or you are just dealing with the aches and pains of everyday exertion—this therapy can get back to you feeling like yourself.
- It Can Help You Get Better Sleep.
I am very strict with my sleeping schedule because I truly believe in the benefits of getting a good night’s rest. I go to bed and get up at the exact same time, seven days a week, because I know how important it is.
However, if you are unable to get the quality rest that you need—then cold exposure therapy can help. You may have already heard about the benefits of keeping your sleeping temperatures cool, and cold exposure therapy can only help in improving your sleep cycle.
Getting good sleep will help with every other part of your life—which is why this is such a vital benefit of sleep therapy.
- It Can Help Strengthen the Immune System
We all need a strong immune system—and all of the things that you do to take care of yourself, from sleeping and eating right to working out can all help that immune system. And so can cold exposure therapy.
This type of therapy can increase natural killer cell count and activity, can increase the number of white blood cells and circulating IL-6s. Basically, it can help your body maintain all of those things it needs to fight off diseases.
If you are constantly getting sick, catching colds or feel like you’re taking time off to deal with illness, you need to work on your immune system, so you can be a better, more productive version of yourself.
- It Can Increase Will Power
This is probably one of my favorite reasons to go ahead and give cold exposure therapy a try. It will increase your will-power. Trust me when I say, if you can get through cold exposure therapies because you know it is good for you and your health—you will have the will power to take on even more obstacles in your future.
This is something that can help you in your everyday life, whether it is your workouts, your job, your personal relationships—will power is important.
Now that you have a few reasons to go ahead and give cold exposure therapy a try—it is time to literally take the plunge and give it a try. This is a therapy I truly believe in and one that can help change your life for the better.