The Wim Hof Method
If you’ve heard stories about people hanging out in freezing lakes or breathing their way through the elements, you’ve probably heard of the Wim Hof Method (WHM).
The Wim Hof Method comes from Wim Hof a.k.a. The Iceman, who earned his nickname for his extraordinary ability to spend time outside in freezing cold temperatures. Of course that’s because he’s mastered his namesake breathing technique! Wim is in the Guiness Book of World Records for the farthest swim beneath ice (March 2000) and he’s also a motivational speaker.
But you don’t need to swim below ice to benefit from the WHM. It’s actually a simple practice that combines breathing techniques with cold therapy. And while it might be most famous for daring adventures in the cold, a lot of people use it for more practical, everyday benefits.
Try the WHM for benefits like:
- Reduced stress
- Improved sleep
- Better energy levels
- Improved focus
- Stronger willpower
Use the free mini course to get started right away or go deeper into the method with an instructor. An instructor can quickly get you up to speed, and share important safety advice. For instance, you should never use the WHM while driving or diving.
But a cold shower ritual is the perfect way to start. Use the WHM during cold showers at home to practice these breathing techniques while engaging in a more accessible form of cold therapy. The key is to start small. Finish your next shower with 30 seconds of cold water and gradually increase your cold water sessions over time. Get ready to feel reinvigorated and refreshed.
Important: Cold weather, showers and swimming sessions can be dangerous for people with certain health conditions, such as heart problems. Please speak to your doctor before you brave the elements!