Chris Evans reveals his wife’s pull up bar rule
Chris Evans, 54, gave another insight into his entertaining family life on his Virgin Radio show on Tuesday morning, telling his co-stars and listeners that his wife Natasha, 39, has made a new rule ion their household that they all must abide by. And despite it being tricky and perhaps painful in some cases, the radio DJ admitted if they don’t obey it they only feel like they’ve “cheated” themselves and the game.
You just know you’ve cheated the game
“So Tash wrote to Santa, ‘I want a pull up bar’, so Santa got her a pull up bar,” Chris explained.
“She’s put the pull up bar around the door frame in the bedroom, and we now have a little rule in our house that you can’t walk past it without doing a 10-second hang.”
Vassos Alexander winced at the challenge: “Oh that’s nice,” he giggled sarcastically.
But while many may think having it by the bedroom will make it easy to get away with not doing, Chris reveals otherwise.
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“You can’t [disobey], but it just makes me go upstairs a lot less!” he laughed.
“Because you’re not allowed to go past it.
“Well, you can if there’s nobody there, but you just know you’ve cheated the game.”
The exercise is known as the dead hang, and is a good to practice if you’re training to do pull ups or want to improve your upper body strength.
They can also help stretch out and decompress the spine.
Recently, Chris opened up about a little health issue he was having, that left him worried he had something more serious wrong with him.
After seeking advice from a professional about why his hands and feet get so cold during the winter months he was stunned to learn something about his bodily anatomy that was the reason behind the “unbearable” condition.
Chatting to his co-hosts, Chris revealed he shouldn’t have been so worried as he now understands why it happens.
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“Lets talk about the old cold hand hands and feet,” he said.
“We’re becoming a proper cycling family and we love it and there’s some amazing hills where we live now that we didn’t know about.”
While the sport has become enjoyable for all his family, going out in the baltic weather at cycling speed where hands get the full force of the wind, only added to the pain of to his freezing cold limbs.
“I had an issue with cold hands over the holidays, like really cold hands. I had to stop because my hands got really cold and I thought, ‘Have I got Raynaud’s Disease? Have I got problems with circulation?'”
Raynaud’s disease affects your circulation and can cause some areas of your body like your fingers and toes, to change colour when you’re cold or stressed.
He told the audience that with this on his mind, he asked the advice of Dutch extreme athlete Whim Hof, also known as The Iceman.
He is famed for his ability to withstand freezing temperatures and has set Guinness world records for swimming under ice and for prolonged full-body contact with ice, and still holds the record for a barefoot half-marathon on ice and snow.
He told Chris that the body stops heat flowing to the less necessary limbs in order to concentrate all its energy on the more important organs, such as your heart and lungs, and Chris was beyond “fascinated” with the discovery.
The Chris Evans Breakfast Show airs weekdays at 6:30am on Virgin Radio.
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