Secrets of the “Ice man” superpower: how to defeat diseases with the help of cold
Climb to the top of mount Everest while wearing only shoes and shorts? Swim in icy water 100 meters under the ice? Stand for two hours in a container of ice? – All this seems impossible for an ordinary person, at least without serious, if not fatal, health consequences. However, the Dutchman WIM Hof proved by his example – as well as by the example of his students – that such “superpowers” are available to everyone.In April, Wim Hof, who is also called the “Ice man”, will turn 58 years old. Most people by this age acquire some health problems and reasons for sadness; constant stress, sedentary lifestyle, medications, poor ecology, viruses-there are more than enough factors around us that lead us to a situation where complaining about health becomes almost a habit. WIM Hof insists that all this is just an excuse, but in fact the reason for all our illnesses is that we have broken contact with our own body and have forgotten how to listen to it.
On account of the WIM Hof a few of the officially registered records:
In 2007, he climbed to the height of 6.7 km of mount Everest, being only shod and dressed in shorts, but at that time he did not reach the top, as he injured his foot.
In 2008, he broke his own record by standing in an icecontainer for 1 hour, 13 minutes, and 48 seconds. This record was entered in the Guinness Book of records.
In 2009, Hof reached the top of mount Kilimanjaro in just two days, wearing only shorts. In the same year, he ran the entire distance of the marathon in the snow of Finland in temperatures of -20 (Hof ran the marathon in five and a half hours, while wearing shorts). This marathon was filmed by three major channels-the BBC, Channel 4 and National Geographic.
In 2010, he broke his record again and stood submerged in ice for 1 hour and 44 minutes.
In 2011, Hof spent even longer in the ice bath-1: 52: 42. In September of the same year, he ran a marathon in the Namib desert without water.
“I don’t use any tricks, all my records are recorded on video, there are witnesses, everything is documented – numbers are numbers,” says WIM Hof.
Some believe that WIM Hof is a unique phenomenon, and his abilities are individual. At the same time, he claims that he is a completely ordinary person, and his “superpowers” are available to absolutely anyone. He posted a book about his method (in English and Dutch), as well as a series of video tutorials that allow you to master control over your body. “All you need to do is control your body with your mind,” says WIM. – I have created a method whose components are breathing, correct attitude and cold. This optimizes the connection between the body and mind.”
A few years ago, American journalist Scott Carney arranged a meeting with WIM Hof, because he did not believe in all these miracles, Scott was sure that it was all a setup. However, instead of super-reporting on the exposure, Scott suddenly discovered in himself the same ” superpowers.””On the first day, I stood with my bare feet in the snow for only 5 minutes, then I was in terrible pain. However, after practicing breathing with Vim, on the second day I stood for 20 minutes. On the third day – 45 minutes. Then WIM took us to an icy waterfall at the back of his house, where we meditated on a bench until the snow around us completely melted from our own heat. In the end, we spent 8 hours wandering through the snow, being only shod and dressed in shorts. And despite the icy wind, I was hot.”During the training, Scott lost weight and got rid of his long-standing health problems.
“Everyone can do it,” says WIM Hof of his method. “You just become the alchemist of your own body. Just try. Inhale and exhale. “