FOR YOU NON READERS: If you hate reading, or just don’t think you care about this post but are a little curious… watch this video. Its super interesting/entertaining and explains this phenomenon very well.
I would like to introduce this method to you because of the amazing benefits it can bring to your life. Wim Hof, also known as The Iceman, is a dutch athlete who created an incredible method proven to influence your Autonomic Nervous System. He holds world records for swimming under ice and for prolonged full body contact with ice. He also holds a record for running a half marathon barefoot on ice and snow.
Excerpt from his website: https://www.wimhofmethod.com/science below:
During Wim’s world record attempt of full ice immersion wearing only shorts, he swallowed a vital sense monitor capsule to measure his core temperature. His core temperature started at 98.6 °F and dropped to 88 °F after 75 minutes of cold immersion. Remarkably, his temperature rose again to 94 °F within the next 20 minutes. Standard medical dogma states that once your core temperature falls below 90 °F, your body is not able to warm itself again. Thus, if no external source of heat is provided, your temperature will continue to spiral downward and you will eventually die of hypothermia. However, Wim proved he was able to raise his core temperature from 88 °F to 94 °F by using the Wim Hof Method techniques.
This is nothing short of incredible. The real mind blowing thing is that anyone can do this! The basic method is 3 rounds of 30-50 deeeeeeep breaths followed by just “letting go” on the exhale. This means you do not fully exhale, you leave some air inside. Then repeat until you start feeling a little different. Your hands may be tingly, and this is when you want to go a little further and intensify the feeling by doing a few more breaths like this. Once you reach a strong intense feeling, you completely exhale. Then you do a breath hold. You hold it as long as you can and when you feel like you really need to breathe, take one deep breath in and HOLD again for only 10-15 seconds. Exhale after, and that is ONE round. Once you hold for 10-15 seconds and then breathe in your round is complete and you go right into the next one. The video below explains this well and is the one I used.
My first experience: I completed 3 rounds and by using a stop watch I was able to keep track of how long my holds were. Surprisingly, (but not really) I held it longer each time. This is supposed to occur due to the extreme excess of oxygen you have been building up in all of your cells. Afterwards, I felt a sort of high that Wim Hof calls “getting high off of your own stuff”. I genuinely felt happy and very calm and I was pretty surprised by this. I felt motivated to be productive and was excited to start my day. I’m very intrigued and want to get better at breathing correctly and experience all of the benefits this can bring to my life.
- Boost immune system
- improve mental health
- improve sports performance
- relieve stress
- improve sleep
- increase will power
- boost concentration
- increase energy
- deal with depression
- and many many more
The explanations and science behind all of these benefits can be found on Wim Hof’s official website posted at the top.
This next video provides a great and simple tutorial on when and how to do the Wim Hof Method. He has been doing it for over a year and a half and has nothing but positive things to say about his experiences. Check it out below:
If you have any questions please comment or email me! I will be posting more about my experiences with this method in the next few months. The next step is just DOING it. It can’t hurt and you might just discover something that can really help you with wherever you are in life. It is never to late to work on yourself.