We sauna enthusiasts understand how great it feels to jump into a cold lake or take a cold shower after a good sauna round. Here is a remarkable man who understands why.
Wim Hof holds twenty world records including a world record for longest ice bath: 1 hour, 13 minutes and 48 seconds. In February 2009 Hof reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in his shorts within two days.
Yet his feats pale in comparison to the work he is doing with medical researchers to better understand our ability to use concentration/meditation to affect our autonomic nervous system activity and the innate immune response. Wim Hof has cracked through the layer of “new age mumbo jumbo” and into real science, for the better of humanity. Curing depression, disease. Real shit. Skeptical? That’s fine, but you may be interested to hear him interviewed by Tim Ferriss, here. I pulled a few excerpts:
- The cold is my teacher
- It’s hard to get serious work done when you are serious all the time.
- People confuse being comfortable with being happy.
- Because we live in such a compressed society, too much stress going on, we don’t have control over our stress. We get out of our natural state.
- The heart in any person is success.
- The ice water is merciless and righteous
- Take 30-40 breaths. Deeply in and let go. (You are charging your body with oxygen).
- Do some push ups without breathing. (No air in the lungs).
- Relax as you do this. You don’t need to breathe. (your body has plenty of oxygen).
- Embrace how awesome this feels.
You are training your mind which is positively affecting your body.
The Wim Hof method is something to think about.