Although congregating in large groups is discouraged, practicing the Wim Hof Method is actually precisely what you want to be doing in these challenging times. For one, WHM breathing wards off stress. Do a couple of rounds of breathing, and feel yourself take a sobering step back from all the pandemonium.
The 2014 Radboud study showed that WHM practice upregulates your immunity by increasing the production of white blood cells and B-lymphocytes. These are the little critters that protect you from foreign marauders such as viruses. WHM practice won’t keep COVID-19 from invading your body, but a strengthened immune system means a bigger arsenal to combat the infection, and therefore fewer and less severe symptoms.
Now, if you’re not feeling too well, and you’re looking to use the Wim Hof Method to fight off the infection: do not do the cold training parts of the method. When you’re sick, your immune system has its hands full just fighting off the virus. If you then expose yourself to the cold, you add another stressor, forcing the immune system to divide its capacity and fight a war on two fronts. We all know how that worked out in the past.
Furthermore, please don’t see Wim Hof Method practice as an adequate substitute for medical treatment. If you exhibit symptoms associated with COVID-19 (a dry cough, fever), seek medical attention and follow the directions of your local health authority.
Everybody can benefit, so be proactive in recommending the WHM to friends and family. The Wim Hof Method is very accessible and we offer many avenues for practice. There is the free app available on the Google Play and Apple stores; the guided breathing bubble on YouTube; and our free MiniClass.
In addition, we have decided to halve the price of our online courses. Use the coupon code CORONA50 if you want to follow the Classic course, or COVID50 if you want the Fundamentals course. If the video courses are still not financially feasible for you after the discount, please reach out to us for a custom offer. We want everybody who is serious about building a WHM practice, to have the tools to do so.
In these courses, Wim Hof teaches you his method through a series of fun and easy instructional videos. Over the course of 10 weeks, the lessons get progressively more challenging, so that by the end you’ll have reinforced your immune system to its optimal state. With bars and gyms closed, you have ample time to practice.
However you choose to spend your time, please do what you can to help curb the spread of the virus. Follow the established protocols: wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face; limit physical contact and avoid public gatherings. We all must do our part in relieving the mounting pressure that is being put on our healthcare systems. Let’s do all we can.