What if I told you that by retraining yourself on how to breathe properly, for a few minutes a day, could lead to incredibly amazing health benefits such as boosting your immune system, improve your overall mental health and your overall well-being and performance?
Just breathe, there’s no stretching of the truth here. This is simply the testimonials of many individuals, including myself, who have greatly benefited from the techniques embraced by Wim Hof, better known to his followers as The Iceman.
Who Is This Iceman?
Wim Hof, the Dutch extreme athlete, is responsible for twenty six Guinness World Records, ranging from nearly climbing Mt. Everest with only a pair of shorts and sandals to being submerged in ice for almost two hours.
Did I happen to mention that he’s about to turn sixty?
Wim Hof has made it his personal mission to show, with scientific evidence, that many ailments can be cured using his method as well as allowing an individual to have great control over one’s tolerance to pain and discomfort.
How Does This Help Me?
While you may not trying to be breaking any world records, the ability to breathe is essential throughout life, most especially when you have to power through a tough workout or in high stress situations.
Luckily, this is not some ridiculous breathing exercise that is reserved for the fittest of the fit but is accessible to all who will have the patience to learn and practice it.
How To Breathe Like The Iceman
The instructions are quite simple actually:
- First, find a place where you won’t be disturbed and where you feel comfortable.
- After having accomplished this, begin to breathe in and out thirty times. The key is to inhale fully but not exhaling all the way. Think of this as a controlled hyperventilation
- After the thirty breaths, forcefully exhale any air you may have and hold your breath for as long as possible. Do not force it but rather find peace with it. I highly recommend taking out a stopwatch and seeing your progression throughout your practice. Or you can practice mindfulness throughout. Your choice.
- After holding your breath, inhale in a natural manner for ten seconds and exhale.
- Repeat the previously mentioned steps for a total of three rounds or to where you feel comfortable. Always remember, if it doesn’t feel right, take your time with it. Natural progression is your best friend.
Give it a shot before your next workout. Besides, what do you have to lose? You’re breathing anyways. Check out his website while you’re at it.