Something I’ve been really curious about for a long time are the methods of Wim Hof. Wim Hof is a Dutch extreme athlete and a really likable guy. I’ve seen him interviewed several times and he doesn’t have the typical stunt devil persona. He really seems to be coming from a great place and he is really into [00:00:30] breath and breathing and how that lets you go deeper into yourself. He’s set a bunch of really, really remarkable world records.
For example, he holds the record for swimming the longest under ice without any wetsuit or anything else on, just wearing a pair of shorts. He at one time held the record for the fastest half-marathon barefoot [00:01:00] on ice and snow. He frequently swims in frozen water. He holds the record for the longest time in direct full-body contact with ice, which is pretty nuts. He’s climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro wearing only shorts.
But his program, which I’m going through and enjoying, I’m only one week into this, [00:01:30] his program is called The Wim Hof Method and it’s a couple hundred bucks. It’s really about breathing. It’s almost a meditation and yoga course. He claims that this comes with a bunch of health benefits. I remember seeing a documentary about him where folks at a hospital in a very controlled environment ejected him with, I believe, a virus and he was able to fight it off [00:02:00] by breathing in a certain way, keep his temperature down, and it was a virus that could have brought a lot of harm to him unmedicated, but he beat it without medication.
But I’m going through this because of the benefits that it claims, better sleep, better energy, better mood, and [00:02:30] overall better mindfulness. The practice really takes, I don’t know, maybe 20 minutes a day of breathing and taking cold showers. I don’t know, I’m only a week in, or I have one week down. It might escalate quite a bit, but it’s a lot of fun. I’m enjoying it.
I have already noticed that I am sleeping better, that I do have more energy throughout the day, that my mood is [00:03:00] generally better. I’m just generally happier. Maybe it’s all this forced hyperventilation or something. But yeah, it’s a good thing. This entry is definitely more on the journal side of the kind of topics that are covered by this podcast, but yeah, this is my personal audio journal. I think that a startup can only grow at the rate that a founder [00:03:30] is growing, so I try and do things like this to expand myself. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. Maybe I’ll report back after I’m done with the 10-week course.
But again, it’s proving to be really enjoyable and it’s amazing how good I feel after, you know, cold exposure, after taking a long cold shower. Alright, take care. Bye.
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