You may have been doing it 23,000 times a day for your entire life but, apparently, you’ve not been doing it properly. We all need to put more thought into it, we need to focus on it and we need to do it far more deeply if we are to get maximum benefit from it. That’s the view of Wim Hof, commonly known as The Ice Man, who has proven that heightened oxygen levels, stimulated by yes, deep breathing, hold a treasure trove of benefits.
Backed up by scientific research at a number of Universities, Wim says that deep breathing exercises (combined with cold water exposure) lead to more energy, reduced stress levels, and an augmented immune response that swiftly deals with pathogens.
I’ve been cold water swimming once or twice a week, every week, for a couple of years now and definitely feel that it has made me happier, healthier and stronger. It wasn’t until last month that I read The Wim Hof Method and I realised why it, combined with deep breathing, impacts people so positively.
I have realised that too often I sit within my comfort zone. We all avoid things (like going into The North Sea in January, or having an awkward but necessary conversation) that make us uncomfortable and we often do things automatically (such as breathing!) without thinking about how we could do them better and the positive benefits that we’d see if we put just a little bit more focus into the job.
Time to climb out of the comfort zone.
If you were going to do one thing this week that put you outside of yours, what would it be? I’d love to know…..