How To Be Epic Just By Breathing (The Wim Hof Method)

Wim Hof is a strange Dutch guy. I fist got to see him at a Ted talk, where he immersed himself in ice. Something an average person wouldn’t cope well with. But Wim Hof was more than fine. This is a guy who climbs Mount Everest with no shirt and does the same when running a marathon in Lapland. Just to be clear, this is the place where all of us would cover every single body part just to avoid freezing to death. So how does he do it?

What Is The Wim Hof Method?

Very simply put, it’s a series of breathing exercises. A sort of meditation, where he can control his body’s reaction to certain factors, such as the cold. I’ve found a good introduction video where Wim Hof describes exactly what he’s doing and how. He has a course, but there’s plenty of free advice on the Wim Hof method online. For example, YouTube is full of interviews where he gives a lot away for free.

Does It Work?

So I think we can all agree this is a strange guy. But he has an intriguing idea and techniques to follow up those ideas. Does it work? Scientifically, yes it has been proven that he can boost his immune system. Practically, he walks around with shorts in an environment where most people just wouldn’t cope. So yes it works. But whether it works just for him, or all of us is a different question.

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5 Tips To Be More Awesome Today

Being your best can be hard, but with these quick five tips, you’ll be on your way to be the best person you could be! Don’t feel like you need to follow every step all at once. Pick one, master it, make it a habit and only then move on to the next. If you think you can handle it, of course, go do all of them at once. But try not to get too overwhelmed. It’s better to do one thing right, then 5 things wrong.

So here we go!

how-to-meditate1. Meditate

I was always skeptical about meditation. I tried it, didn’t really worked. I’m much too active, so sitting still is difficult. I also thought it was a huge waste of time. But research has proven that meditation has numerous health benefits. What’s more, just ten minutes of meditation each day can boost brain power by increasing your ability to concentrate and focus on complex challenges. So sit done, and start meditating. If you don’t know how, get a meditation app on your phone which will guide you along. But there isn’t really a wrong way of meditating to be honest. It’s more about being in the present without thinking about all your problems.

2. Lift Weights

This applies to both men and women. Lifting weight can boost strength, tone your body and do much more. But for the purposes of this article, it actually increases your metabolism. That’s a great thing if you don’t want to be overweight. A faster metabolism burns more calories even when doing absolutely nothing. But what’s more, it will increase your energy and give you that boost to do all those things others are too tired to do.

3. Read More

Smart people read. Full stop. There’s not debate. So start learning from other people’s experiences by reading their book, their biographies and expand your mind. I don’t think this requires a more detailed explanation.

4. Make Friends

New research suggests that loneliness kills. Don’t be the guy that’s always alone. I’m an introvert so I like being alone, and don’t feel lonely. But that doesn’t stop me from going out once in a while. Grow your number of friends. You can learn from them, they can be there for you, and you never know who they know. Your life will be so much better with some good friendships.

5. Drink More Coffee

There’s so much debate these days on whether coffee is good for you, or whether it’s just poison. Science has now confirmed that it’s good (within reason). If you drink a few cups of coffee each day, it can help you focus, boost motivation, increase happiness and increase short term memory. There;s plenty of other health benefits, but I think that’s enough to convince you to start drinking that caffeine (or at least not feel too guilty about it anymore). Don’t overdo it though. The negatives outweigh the benefits after more than a few cups of coffee.

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