The challenge of the ice bath, or #coldshowerchallenge, has been a hit on social networks for the past few days and has mostly won out on Instagram. Several users have embraced the fashion of taking a cold shower and posting a photo or video on the Internet at the encouragement of Win Hof, a Dutch athlete known as The iceman (The Iceman) who has already set more than 20 records in the Guinness Book. He devised a technique that mixes breathing, meditation and ice baths and promises to strengthen the immune system.
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To encourage others to join the technique, the athlete proposed a 20-day Instagram challenge and has been receiving posts from various users showing their results. The hashtags #icebath, #wimhofmethod and #coldshowerchallenge more than 136,000, 90,000, and 2,000 times, respectively, have appeared on the social network.
Win Hof and his method that conquered the Internet Photo: Playback / Instagram
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The 20-day challenge created by Wim Hof must be done in six steps. First, you need to sit comfortably and then inhale and exhale 30 times with your eyes closed. Then exhale and hold the air as long as you can. Then inhale and hold the air for 10 to 15 seconds, and exhale and breathe normally. Finally, meditate and take a cold shower for 15 seconds and gradually increase to 60 seconds in the fourth week of the challenge. This technique is similar to Tummo meditation, practiced by Tibetan monks in three steps: breathing techniques, ice water showers, and ice baths.
One needs to take at least five cold showers per week in the challenge. There are some ways to achieve success in #wimhofmethodIt is like dipping your feet first in cold water or directing your head to get it over with. Wim Hof's method promises to reduce stress, improve blood circulation and strengthen the immune system.
The Ice Man ended the challenge on October 18 and thanked everyone who finished with him: "Remember, a cold shower a day keeps the doctor away," he said. descent into the Arctic at minus 20 degrees Celsius, swam under ice on a Finnish lake and reached 26 Guinness world records.
The new challenge different from Ice Bucket Challenge (Ice Bucket Challenge), which became popular in 2014. The challenge was to throw an ice bucket with water on yourself, publicize on social networks and invite friends to do it too. The proposal was to raise awareness about the disease called ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and to encourage donations for research. The money helped discover a new gene linked disease.
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