Wim Hof method
Wim Hof method is a way to connect with your mind and body through breathing, concentrating and cold exposure. The best things is that it is easy and affordable. The only things needed are air and cold water and most importantly commitment. It is not going to be convenient at first, but so totally worth it.
1. The cold is your warm friend and one of the three pillars of the wim hof method. Proper exposure to the cold starts a cascade of health benefits, including the buildup of brown adipose tissue and resultant fat loss, reduced inflammation that facilitates a fortified immune system, balanced hormone levels, improved sleep quality, and the production of endorphins— the feel-good chemicals in the brain that naturally elevate your mood.
2. The second pillar is breathing. We’re always breathing, yet we’re mostly unaware of its tremendous potential. Heightened oxygen levels hold a treasure trove of benefits, and the specialized breathing technique of the Wim Hof Method unearths them all: more energy, reduced stress levels, and an augmented immune response that swiftly deals with pathogens.
The power breathing steps:
- Get comfortable
- Do 30-40 power breaths
- Hold your breath
- Breathe in for 10 seconds
- Repeat steps 1-4
- Meditate after 4 rounds of power breathing.
3. The third pillar is the foundation of the other two: both cold exposure and conscious breathing require patience and dedication in order to be fully mastered. Armed with focus and determination you are ready to explore and eventually master your own body and mind.
The wim hof method can be characterized by its simplicity, applicability and a strong scientific underpinning. It is a practical way to become happier, healthier and more powerful.
Over time, we as humans have developed a different attitude towards nature and we’ve forgotten about our inner power. This is the ability of our body to adapt to extreme temperature and survive within our natural environment. The Wim Hof Method is based on this principle.
Because we wear clothes and artificially control the temperatures at home and at work, we’ve greatly reduced the natural stimulation of our bodies, atrophying the age-old mechanisms related to our survival and basic function. Because these deeper physiological layers are no longer triggered, our bodies are no longer in touch with this inner power. The inner power is a powerful force that can be reawakened by stimulating these physiological processes through the Wim Hof Method.
When I heard about this method, I already had been taking cold showers and felt the benefits but now this is a whole system together with conscious breathing. This is a whole new level of connecting with myself. After finding the Wim Hof method my perspective on being cold has changed entirely. I used to dislike the feeling of cold so much. But now, every now and then when there is cold outside I feel it consciously, I separate the cold feeling from my emotions and negative thoughts and enjoy it.
This method when done properly is promised to give you:
- Increased energy
- Better sleep
- Heightened focus and determination
- Improved performance
- Increased willpower
- Reduce stress
- Greater cold tolerance
- Faster recovery
- Enhanced creativity
- Stronger immune system
I must say all the promised benefits I already have felt although I have been practicing it for a week now. My suggestion is if you decide to start with it is, do it slowly, listen yourself, never push yourself over the limits, do it safely! And of course check out Wim Hof website and all the Youtube videos about this theme.
Disclaimer from the WHM course:
“Warnings: Always do the breathing exercise in a safe environment (e.g. sitting on a couch/floor) and unforced. Never practice it before or during diving, driving, swimming, taking a bath or any other environment/place where it might be dangerous to faint. The breathing exercise has a profound effect and should be practiced in the way it is explained. The cold is a strong force. We strongly advice you to gradually build up exposing yourself to the cold. Always train without force and listen to your body carefully. If not practiced responsibly, you risk hypothermia or an after drop. Individuals should also not practice cold exposure when pregnant, on an empty stomach, after drinking alcohol, after meals or during exercise. If you have (serious) health issues, please always consult a doctor first before practicing.”