Wim Hof is a Dutchman nicknamed “The Iceman”.
Hof developed the Wim Hof Method, a protocol for mind-over-body mastery that consists of breathing exercises, cold therapy, relaxation techniques, and commitment.
He regularly cheats death by demonstrating feats of endurance that would challenge even the bravest of the brave and he is the holder of at least 20 world records.
He is also the creator of the Wim Hoff breathing method and has helped millions of people around the world to breathe properly. He is an enigma in the world of daredevils. Take a quick look at his CV
Wim Hof – The Iceman
In 2007, he climbed past the notorious “Death Zone” of 7,500 meters, on Mount Everest, wearing nothing but a pair of shorts and his shoes.
In 2009, he completed a full marathon in Finland, above the arctic circle, again only wearing shorts and shoes in temperatures close to Minus 20 degrees Celcius. (-4f)
In 2011 he ran a full marathon in the Namib Desert in the blazing heat without any water.
So, what is his secret?
The special breathing technique is known as the Wim Hof Method. In round 1, the method consists of relaxing your body, then breathing in and out for 30 deep breaths. You then breathe in and hold your breath for 1 minute, letting go and then breathing in and holding for 15 seconds.
You do this for two more times, but in rounds 2 & 3, you hold your breath for 90 seconds, instead of the 60 seconds in round 1. All in all, you do this daily, preferably every morning before consuming any food.
So, what is the MAGIC behind this breathing technique?. Researchers say that by generating a stress-induced analgesic response in your grey matter, the Wim Hof Method may promote the spontaneous release of opioids and cannabinoids in the brain. This effect may create a feeling of well-being, mood control, and reduced anxiety.
When facing extreme cold, Hof activates a part of the brain that releases opioids and cannabinoids into the body. These components can inhibit the signals responsible for telling your body you are feeling pain or cold, and trigger the release of dopamine and serotonin.
DISCLAIMER: Before doing any exercises, or extreme cold or breathing techniques, always make sure that you are in the best of health, and consult a doctor where necessary.
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