Exactly one month ago, I decided to diligently practice the Wim Hof Method to find out what the practice is all about and if the promised benefits are actually true. In this blogpost I want to tell you about my experiences with the Wim Hof method and sum up my opinion about the practices.
If you’ve missed the first article on the Wim Hof method, you should read it now: The Wim Hof-Method.
I have to admit that I underestimated the breathing exercises. After the first 2 days I felt I was doing something wrong, which is why again I analyzed some videos from Wim Hof once again and got to know more about the exercises.
The result was that it felt “right”, although the execution was still not easy in my opinion. The said “dizziness”, which may well occur during the breathing exercises, almost never occured for me. Nevertheless, I was able to experience a few positive aspects.
After the breathing exercises, that I did after my morning workouts or after getting up most of the time, I definitely felt more energized. The breathing exercises themselves were kind of meditative and afterwards, my mind felt clear. Generally, I would describe the feeling that I felt as “ready and fit for the day”!
I’m also struggling with some allergies, which has a negative impact on my lung volume – I also notice that in some of my running sessions. However, after I integrated the Wim Hof method into my daily routine, I occasionally found that while running I could breathe slightly better and more easily. However, it is still too early to determine if there is any connection to the breathing exercises.
Cold water … and most of the time in the morning … I think I do not have to say more than that. I already knew from the beginning, that the cold therapy would certainly be my biggest challenge about the Wim Hof method.
However, what turned out to be a great challenge did not get any easier over the days, but it definitely felt better. Keeping the faucet completely cold while showering requires quite an effort of me nowadays, but the feeling while showering is a lot better (but I do not want to lie – it’s still not nice).
The feeling after showering is really great though! Completely energetic, yet relaxed in a special way (especially after a hard workout), I have noticed more of the benefits of the Wim Hof method with the cold therapy than with the breathing exercises.
As a small anecdote, I would like to say that I had goose bumps during warm showers and no longer with cold showers, certainly an interesting development ;).
My test was way too short to say if the effects on the immune system actually set in. With regard to the health aspects, however, I was and I am still convinced of the effectiveness of the method after the numerous studies that prove this.
I can only conform that you have more energy after my experiences with the Wim Hof-method. The feeling after the breathing exercises is intensified by the cold shower and you actually feel awake and energetic.
The challenge of turning on the cold water, which I mastered every day, made one thing clear to me: If I mastered this challenge, I can also cope with every other challenge I encounter in everyday life!
I will continue to integrate the Wim Hof method into my daily life, because on the one hand, the feeling after the cold shower is great, on the other hand, I think that one month is too short to make a statement about the benefits of these practices.
I’m curious about the changes that I can observe over time and I definitely want to dive into the breathing exercises more deeply so that I can fully experience these benefits.
Apart from that: “Never” getting sick, more energy in everyday life and a happier and less stressful lifestyle – that alone is more than enough motivation for me to invest a few minutes a day into myself. My previous experiences have convinced me to keep practicing the method!
Any questions about the Wim Hof method or my experiences? Let me know in the comments!
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