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Do the Wim Hof

Wim Hof, nicknamed the IceMan, is a Dutch motivational speaker and extreme athlete. He is noted for his incredible ability to withstand low temperatures. At 63 years old, he feels and performs as if he were half that age utilizing the following techniques.

The Wim Hof Method is based on three pillars: Breathing, Cold Therapy, and Commitment

Breathing - an involuntary action we are born doing. While we are always subconsciously breathing, we are mostly unaware of the tremendous potential that breathing has. The way you breathe strongly affects the chemical and physiological activities in your body. Through this specialized breathing technique of the Wim Hof Method, you may gain more energy, reduce stress levels, and gain an augmented immune response that swiftly deals with pathogens.

Cold Therapy - Cold body therapy has gained popularity in recent years, especially with professional athletes, bodybuilders, and celebrities who incorporate cold exposure into their recovery and longevity routines. While cryotherapy is not widely available, you can achieve the same health benefits in your home by taking a cold shower or cold plunge. Exposing your body to cold has proven to speed up metabolism, reduce inflammation, improve quality of sleep, increase focus, improve immune responses, increase energy levels, and relieve symptoms caused by autoimmune diseases.

Commitment - Willpower and self-control are important factors for a successful and happy life. Committing to a routine of breathing, meditation, and cold exposure increases your confidence in your own self-discipline and "control over your controllable." People who do this tend to be happier, healthier, and more satisfied in their relationships, and cope with stress, conflicts, and adversities easier.

By practicing the Wim Hof Method and utilizing all three pillars in your daily routine, you may notice benefits including:

  • Reduced stress level

  • Greater cold tolerance

  • Faster recovery

  • Enhanced creativity

  • Stronger immune system

  • Better sleep

  • Heightened focus and determination

  • Improved sports performance

  • Increased willpower

Other resources: For a breathing exercise specific for reducing anxiety, check out Dr. Weil's 4-7-8 method:

For readers, the book Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor is excellent!

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