Jamie Dornan strips down for a dip with a polar bear
For many, the holidays are a time to take a well-deserved break from work, indulge in some of our favorite party foods, and maybe temporarily relax our workout routines. Jamie Dornan has another approach: diving into freezing seawater. Which is definitely one way to wake up from an eating coma.
The actor shared a short clip on his Instagram page of himself stripped of his underwear on the beach in Ireland, wishing his followers a “Merry Christmas” before darting into the sea. the exact same thing movie star Hugh Jackman did around this time last year to see the New Year; it’s called a polar bear dive, and while on the surface it looks toned at best and miserable at worst, there’s a pretty good reason for doing it.
Exposing the body to sudden and drastic temperature changes has been shown to provide a variety of benefits. Pro surfer Laird Hamilton uses extreme hot and cold exposure as part of his morning routine to shock his system. “It’ll get you up to speed,” he said.
Some people go even further; Wim Hof, aka “The Ice Man” and supporter of the Wim Hof Method, explored prolonged exposure to cold temperatures as a way to improve mood and manage anxiety, as well as a range of physical uses such as aiding faster muscle recovery after hard training.
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