The Wim Hof Method is a natural path to an optimal state of body, mind, and great leadership!
Leader 193 utilizes the Wim Hof Method as a tool to learn and practice leadership.
Good leadership is the lifeblood to any organization, team, or family. Yet practicing leadership, like you would practice anything else you want to get better at, is difficult to do. The challenge is to figure out how to practice leadership without suffering the consequences of the poor leadership decisions and behaviors we are trying to improve on.
The beauty of Leader 193’s process is that each element can be practiced on an individual basis outside of your leadership responsibilities. Cold exposure, breathing, and mindset (the three pillars of the Wim Hof Method explained below) are invaluable tools for practicing the elements of Leader 193’s leadership process in a safe and controlled setting.
For example, Leader 193’s process begins with Emotional Awareness and Recognition. Making this awareness part of your personality takes practice because it is a skill. Here is a guarantee: when you step into an ice bath or cold shower you will have an emotion. When your intention before you step into an ice bath is to recognize your emotions you will have begun making Emotional Awareness and Recognition a habit. The same holds true for the impact of practicing the Wim Hof Method for all of the elements of Leader 193’s process.
What does the Wim Hof Method consist of?
We are always breathing, yet we are mostly unaware of it’s tremendous potential. Heightened oxygen levels hold a treasure trove of benefits, and the specialized breathing technique of the Wim Hof Method unearths them all: more energy, reduced stress levels, and a strengthened immune system to better deal with pathogens.
2. Cold Exposure
Cold exposure benefits are tremendous, including fat loss, reduced inflammation that helps to fortify the immune system, balanced hormone levels, improved sleep quality, and the production of endorphins – the feel good chemicals in the brain that elevate your mood.
The third pillar of the Wim Hof Method is the foundation of the other two: both cold exposure and conscious breathing require patience and dedication. Armed with focus and determination you are ready to explore and eventually master your own body and mind.
Hear what Errol has to say about The Method
Errol proudly appeared on The One Mind Podcast, brought to you by About Meditation, and hosted by Morgan Dix. Together, Errol and Morgan explored the Wim Hof Method, and discussed it’s impact on overall wellness and leadership.
Who is Wim Hof?
Wim Hof got his nickname “The Iceman” by breaking a number of records related to cold exposure. His feats include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle on his bare feet, and standing in a container while covered in ice cubes for more than 112 minutes.
Having embraced the majestic force of nature, Wim resolved to share his discovery with the rest of the world. He is convinced that everyone can tap into this potential without having to invest the same decades worth of study, travel, and daring. And so he developed The Wim Hof Method: a natural path to an optimal state of body and mind.
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Wim Hof Method Frequently Asked Questions
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The Wim Hof Method can be practiced by every healthy individual. If you are dealing with a serious medical condition, we advise to counsel a healthcare professional before attempting any of the WHM techniques.
We advise against practicing the WHM if you are dealing with any of the following:
• High blood pressure (in case of prescription medication)
• Coronary heart disease (e.g. Angina Pectoris; Stable Angina)
• A history of serious health issues like heart failure or stroke
If you suffer from migraines, we urge you to be cautious about taking ice baths.
The effects of the WHM techniques differ from person to person. Everybody’s experience is slightly different, and is partially determined by your goals and expectations. A professional tennis player for example, will likely seek improved athletic performance, whereas someone suffering from rheumatoid arthritis will sooner see benefit from lower inflammatory markers.
Reported general benefits of the Method include: increased energy, improved sleep, reduced stress and anxiety, heightened focus, accelerated recovery, and a general improvement in quality of life.
The potential benefits are numerous and diverse. Ultimately, the only way to find out what the Method does for you is to try it for yourself!
Although the Wim Hof Method has been known to bring symptoms into complete remission in some cases , WHM practice should be seen as a tool to help manage your health, rather than a cure. Since the Wim Hof Method moderates the immune response, it is most effective with conditions that follow from an underlying disturbance to the immune system. However, positive results are seen with a wide variety of conditions, and in addition the WHM affords many other benefits.
There has been considerable scientific research into the Wim Hof Method, and the results are very promising. However, there are hundreds of thousands of conditions and diseases. For the majority of ailments, we do not have the requisite knowledge to be able to speak with authority on the potential of the WHM as an effective treatment. Note also that results vary greatly from person to person, as there are numerous interpersonal physiological differences. Ultimately, the best —and really the only— way to find out what the Wim Hof Method does for you personally is to give it a try. You can also find testimonials from WHM practitioners for various health conditions here.
If you are dealing with a specific health condition, you may want to do a custom search on the WHM Facebook group to see what you can take away from personal stories that have been shared by other members. If nothing comes up, feel free to share experiences or ask questions of your own. This community is very welcoming, and eager to help and offer meaningful insights, and your contributions may in turn help others down the road.
Some conditions may be negatively impacted by WHM practice. If you have any deviations to physiological processes that are directly modulated by WHM practice —notably involving oxygen influx, blood pressure and/or (cardio)vascular complications— we strongly advise that you consult a medical professional. Out of precaution, we also advise against WHM practice if you are pregnant.
The breathing techniques can cause lightheadedness and even loss of consciousness. Children often have not matured to the point where they can adequately assess these risks. Moreover, their brains are also physically still developing.
Thus, we advise that children under the age of 16 are supervised by a parent or legal guardian. Please be careful with regard to cold exposure, and build this up gradually.
If you are pregnant, we advise against practicing the Method. We do not know if the increased adrenaline levels associated with the WHM techniques adversely affect the health of the baby. This is of course a tremendously delicate matter, and we want to be as careful as possible.
When the baby is born, you are safe to resume practicing the Method.
The average daily investment is 20 minutes to start your day. During the day focus on deeper more conscious breathing. Once you have unlocked how to do the Wim Hof Method, you can access it indefinitely, and move through the stages at your own pace. The Wim Hof Method does not finish after our courses. The method should be implemented in your life daily to reap the full benefits.
The WHM has shown that we are able to suppress the immune system. Which at first, may not sound as a positive thing.
Actually, it can be very beneficial as in one hand you suppress (downregulate) inflammation and on the other you (upregulate) increase white blood cell. Let us explain:
Our immune system can be roughly categorized into 2 parts. The innate immune system, our first line of defense against bacteria and pathogens. And the adaptive immune system, all the white blood cells necessary in developing immunity against those pathogens. The WHM suppresses the innate immune system and strengthens the adaptive immune system. It suppresses the innate immune system by lowering inflammation (especially un-needed inflammation) and strengthens the adaptive immune system by increasing the number of white blood cells (strengthening immunity). This anti-inflammatory effect of the wim hof method can have plenty of benefits, such as lowering discomfort of symptoms caused by excess inflammation, such as fevers or headaches. “Suppression” sounds like a negative, but in this case can be very positive!
This was all proven in the landmark Radboud study! These effects have been observed and measured in this paper and we encourage you to have a look.
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