Here’s a family challenge that’ll help your children (and you) be more resilient, healthier and countless other benefits we’re about to discuss.
For 99% of you it’s going to be a really hard day one and requires the honor system, since you won’t know if everyone’s being honest (tell you why in a moment).
But I can guarantee you, it’ll get easier each day and you’ll actually begin to look forward to it, even after this 30-day family challenge.
In fact, everyone I’ve encouraged to do what we’re about to discuss has come back to me to say how much they love it after only a few days of consistently applying this strategy.
It’s a cold shower challenge and, thus, why the honor system is key here, since I’m guessing no teenager wants to check on dad or mom to see if we’re being honest (lol) and vice-versa.
There are countless benefits in taking a cold shower daily and we’ll go over a few of the seven highlighted by Fearless Motivation recently.
It’s a great post and I highly recommend watching this video they included from Tom Bilyeu’s interview with Wim Hof a.k.a The Iceman and the science behind Cold Showers:
Why a Family Challenge
Let’s face it, it can be hard to get your kids (or even yourself) in the habit of doing something new (even when it’s the best thing you can do for yourself).
But when you CHALLENGE someone to do something… well, that can provide a little more motivation. (Especially if they’re a Rebel.)
And when you do it as a family, it’s even more fun, since you’re going through the experience together. In the beginning, you can commiserate about how awful they are, and then after a few days, talk about how much easier it’s become (and how you even look forward to it).
7 Benefits of Cold Showers for your Family
As much time as our kids spend in schools, they’re often getting sick. And if you’re anything like our family, the kids are always dragging germs home to share with everyone else.
However, a cold shower can actually improve your immunity. An English study shows that regular cold showers causes an increase in the metabolic speed rate and number of white blood cells in the body. Together, these two can help your body naturally fight off illness.
Promotes Fat Loss
Who doesn’t want that, right?
When you take a cold shower, the brown fat in your body (the good fat) is activated due to the extreme cold and starts to burn calories to keep you warmer.
Promotes Faster Muscle Recovery & Better Circulation
If your child participates in sports, this could be an important one (and possibly for you, as well, Mom and Dad). A 2009 study showed that an ice bath after training improves circulation and helps remove lactic acid in the body. Cold water therapy also helps to improve circulation, which means better overall cardiovascular health.
This is a big one for parents! After all, who doesn’t want their kids to be more resilient?
The effort of taking a freezing cold shower serves as a small form of oxidative stress. In other words, you’re training your body to be able to withstand stress in advance. You’re breaking free from your comfort zone and doing something you don’t like (even if it’s only for 60 very unpleasant seconds).
Enhances Skin and Hair
You’ve probably heard before that hot water dries out your skin. Well believe it or not, cold water has the opposite effect and tightens it. It can also help your scalp and hair as well.
Lowers Chances of Depression
The cold water causes your heart rate to increase, which causes a rush of blood throughout your body that will help you to be instantly energized. This will help you to battle depression naturally.
More Health Benefits
There are a number of other benefits, including increased testosterone levels and improved fertility. The big one, though, is that it can help you to sleep at night. Studies show that taking a cold shower one hour before bed can trigger sleep signals and give you a deeper sleep. Cold temperatures, in general, have been proven to have a BIG impact on sleep. Shawn Stephenson of The Model Health Show and bestselling author of Sleep Smarter says, “Studies have found that the ideal room temperature for sleep is around 68 degrees Fahrenheit.”
Conclusion: A ‘Cool’ Family Challenge
As you can see, there are a multitude of reasons why you should join us in taking the Cold Shower Challenge with your family in May. They include:
- Improved Immunity
- Fat Loss
- Faster Muscle Recovery & Better Circulation
- Increased Resilience
- Enhanced Skin and Hair
- Lowered Chances of Depression
- Improved Sleep
It might be uncomfortable for the first few days, but if you stick with it, in days you might actually find yourself really loving the experience. If you do try it, jump back on over and tell us what you think. Or join the Facebook group and make the pledge to try it for 30 days!