“Would you like to have more energy, less stress, and a stronger immune system? Would you like to sleep better, improve your cognitive and athletic performance, boost your mood, lose weight, and alleviate your anxiety? What if I told you that you can achieve all these things and so much more by unlocking the power of your own mind? And that you can do it in only a few days? ...
The secret to a lifetime of health and happiness is within your grasp. You can safely practice the Wim Hof Method by yourself, at your own pace, and within the comfort of your own home. No pills, injections, vitamins, supplements, equipment, or specialty diets of any kind—all you need is yourself and a desire to unlock your body’s hidden potential. This book is your guide.
Are you ready? In the pages that follow, I will share the story of my journey, from a small Dutch village in which I was born to the world stage I now occupy. I will explain the ins and outs of my method, the philosophy that underpins it, and the science that supports it. And I will present examples of practitioners who have used the method to radically transform their lives. In doing so, my hope is to inspire you to retake control of your body and life by unleashing the immense power of your mind. It’s all there for you, and there’s no time to waste.
~ Wim Hof from The Wim Hof Method
Also known as “The Iceman.”
If you’re into optimizing, you’ve almost certainly heard of him.
As you may know, he holds multiple world records for his feats of endurance and exposure to cold—such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro wearing only shorts and shoes, running barefoot half marathons in the Arctic Circle, and standing in an ice-filled container for more than 112 minutes.
As you may not know, the effectiveness of his methods—which are now practiced by millions—have been validated by eight university research studies.
In fact, leading health scientist Elissa Epel, who wrote The Telomere Effect with Nobel Prize Winner Elizabeth Blackburn (check out those Notes), and her team at UCSF have been conducting research on Wim Hof’s techniques. The results have been staggering.
She wrote the foreword to the book in which she tells us that she is “honored to introduce you to Wim Hof and what may be one of our big revolutions in health and self-care, our ability to apply and self-prescribe our own levels of hormetic stress.”
This book is a great way to learn more about what he’s up to and just how powerful his method integrating cold, breath and the power of our minds can be. (Get the book here.)
As you’d expect, the book is packed with Big Ideas. And, as always, I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!
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