I just finished this audiobook. And, if you didn't know, I'm a big fan of breathing.
So big, in fact, I wrote my own book on the topic, Breathe Better. If you're in a mood the check it out after this blog, you can check it out here: breathebetter.co (shameless plug, but has access to E-Book, Paperback, and Online Course).
Anyway, about this book... it's great. I wish it were narrated by the man himself as, if you've listened to him at all, is fantastic in all his dutch splendor. However, Anton Ono is a good replacement and does the book justice. The content is great. It goes into just enough depth to be useful but no so much to be overwhelming. And, it contains the secret to the method of Wim Hof himself. The best thing is that, the technique is simple enough. Sometimes things get overcomplicated and I feel that this books strips things down to the bare basics.
He dives into different intents and purposes of breathing which I like as well. As a physical therapist, I use breathing techniques almost every single day and this book added to my toolbox for sure.
As a science and breathing nerd, learning about all the things that consistent cold exposure and breathing techniques could change, and manipulate never ceases to amaze me.
How can something so simple, so easy change so many things for the better. It was a great reminder that we have built inside of us, everything we need to be healthy and combat stress. It goes to show that to "toughen up" you simply need gradual exposure to a stressor and let your body adapt. Wim uses cold, but my mind wanders to the idea that you might be able to use any slightly negative stressor to overcome and better yourself as long as you're mindful about it.
Living in the Valley of the Sun (practically on the sun) cold water can be hard to come by, even a cold shower is tepid at best, even in the "heart" of winter here. So again, my mind wanders in all the fantastic ways I could supplement cold showers with ice packs or ice body suits. Someday I may be a great inventor and come out with something fantastic like that.
I highly recommend this book. Simply for health. Try the cold exposure, try the breathing. Even if just the breathing, you're going to see benefits. If your body's overall imflammation is less, if your ability to combat and manage stress is better, improved health with follow. And, with very rare exception, dedicated breathing practice isn't going to hurt anyone.
So want to do something for the Advent Calendar that's a little different? Do 25 days of Breathing. Focus on the Breathing of Wim Hof until Christmas. Keep a little log of how your overall stress is each day. And at the end, gauge that. I am willing to bet you'll feel a little better. And who couldn't use a little bit of that this year? Or every day? And, really, when the cost is free, what do you have to lose?!
Want to learn more or check out the book? Click the Picture below to get it from Amazon. And, I've supplied the links to my book and course below too!
Breathe Better Folks!
P.S. - On my Website, Breathe Better, I have videos that go through, step by step, weekly breathing Practices some of my own, some that are Wim Hof inspired. Check it out if you want!