The main rules of hardening
So, systematic hardening is a proven and reliable healing tool! However, there will not be much prospect if, in carrying out tempering procedures, to neglect the principles that have been developed by practical experience and supported by biomedical research. The most important of them are systematic, gradual and consistent, taking into account individual characteristics, a combination of general and local procedures, active mode, a variety of means and forms, self-control.
From simple to complex
This is the motto we recommend to be guided constantly, at any time of the year! And now let’s talk in more detail about the rules, which should not be forgotten.
The principle of systematization requires daily performance of tempering procedures. To achieve a high degree of hardening, it is necessary to constantly repeat the effects of a meteorological factor. So, the first condition: the procedures are carried out not on an occasional basis, but systematically, every day!
The repetition of the impact of a meteorological factor is absolutely obligatory. Otherwise, to achieve the desired tempering effect is impossible.
Systematic tempering procedures increase the ability of the nervous system to adapt to changing environmental conditions. Therefore, hardening should be done daily!
Your quenching can be maintained only by continuously performing the necessary tempering procedures, regardless of age or season. If the break is forced, then the tempering resumes as if from a starting point: start with “soft” procedures, then gradually move to stronger ones. In short, stick to the generally accepted rule: from simple to complex!
Another prerequisite for proper tempering is gradual and consistent. increase dosage procedures. Only — and this should never be forgotten — the gradual intensification of one or another stimulus (whether lowering the temperature of the water used forstart with “soft” procedures, then graduallyprocedure), as well as a gradual transition from small doses to large doses, provide the desired effect.
Hardening start with small doses and the simplest ways. Neglect of this rule can lead to sad consequences. It’s reckless to start a struggle for one’s health, say, right away with rubbing snow or bathing in an ice-hole. Such “hardening” will surely end in a serious cold.
Sometimes you hear complaints: “Hardening does not help me” or “Hardening is not for me, as I will start to pour cold water, I will definitely get sick.” However, after a detailed questioning, it usually turns out that the gradually move to stronger out incorrectly: either an overly strong stimulus was immediately selected, or it was too long to be exposed in the open air or in water.
The principle of gradual and consistent increase in dosage procedures is especially important to observe when hardening children, as well as adults who are not accustomed to the effects of certain external factors of nature – the sun, cold, rain, wind.
When choosing the dosage and forms of tempering procedures, the individual characteristics of a person are taken into account – age, health condition, other circumstances. This is explained by the fact that the response of the body to tempering procedures varies from one person to another. Children, for example, are more sensitive than stronger out incorrectly Persons who are poorly developed or have recently undergone any disease also respond much more strongly to the effects of meteorological factors than healthy people. One can not, finally, not be considered with age. Usually in a person at 40-50 years of age, and even more so in the following years, inevitable age-related changes in blood vessels and other body systems occur. For this reason, old and old people are especially dangerous to use potent tempering agents and to get involved in lengthy procedures.
High hardening effect gives the use of contrasting procedures, when the warming of the body is quickly replaced by cooling and vice versa, but it is necessary to prepare yourself for this mode of hardening with some health measures.
The hardening efficiency is greatly enhanced if it is carried out in an active mode, i.e., it is performed during procedures, for example, physical exercise or some kind of muscular work. So, it has been proven that exercise during cold tempering makes it possible to cover the enhanced heat transfer caused by cooling due to more intense heat production.
Active mode to increase resistance to cold allows a faster increase in the intensity of cold stimulation than passive. This contributes to a more rapid increase in body resistance to cold. Such sports as skiing, speed skating, figure skating, athletics, swimming, rowing, sailing, mountaineering and tourism are especially favorable for tempering.