The Wim Hof Method has been around for some time now, with the Dutch motivational speaker and extreme athlete having sold his strategies for a better life to the world, and it’s worked for so many people.
It’s something many people throw themselves into, especially after going through difficult periods in their lives, whether it be grief, addiction, illness, or anything else. It’s something that can instill discipline and provide focus, which is so important when going through such trauma.
In the case of addiction, for example, moving into recovery requires a lot of focus and new challenges to keep the mind occupied. Sanctuary Lodge, one of several private alcohol and drug rehabilitation centres in Essex, often sees people take on the likes of marathons and other physical challenges as their body starts to repair and they seek new goals.
And the Wim Hof Method provides that sort of lifestyle too, with a new found focus on oneself. But what is so good about it, and how can it benefit your life?
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One of the great benefits of partaking in the Wim Hof Method, whether it be through breathing, cold water, or the commitment elements, is the enhancements it can have on your body.
The experience of the method can increase the production of immune cells, like white blood cells and lymphocytes which alongside the controlled hyperventilation and exposure to cold the method provides can activate and improve the body’s natural defence mechanisms.
Breathing exercises are a crucial part of the Wim Hof Method for a number of reasons. At the heart of those are mental clarity and focus. The deep breathing exercises increase oxygen supply to the body and in turn, enhance cognitive function and clarity of thought.
The meditative nature of it also promotes mindfulness, allowing people to stay present and focused on their goals.
Vitally, and a reason why it’s recommended to people going through stressful periods by professionals, is the fact that it’s a truly effective way of managing stress. The method has been proven to reduce levels of cortisol as well as release endorphins through cold water and breathing, with natural mood enhancement being a great remedy for stress reduction.
Those who partake in the Wim Hof Method regularly often find their energy levels significantly boosted. This comes largely through the breathing exercises allowing for better oxygenation of the body, while the cold element of its practices increases metabolic rate significantly, leaving people more energized and revitalized.
Finally, many athletes and fitness buffs are turning to the method as a way to improve their own physical performance. The breathwork especially improves stamina and endurance, while the cold water exercises are also associated with improved recovery times and reduced inflammation, making it ideal for those who put their bodies to the test on a regular basis.