Wim Hof Method: Introduction (05:59)
The breathing technique and cold training program enables people to control the autonomic nervous system. NEVCO President Ted Wolfendale has developed a simplified version for seniors. Beta testing has shown positive effects on Miami Beach nursing home residents. (Credits)
Meet Wim Hof (04:05)
The "Iceman" has mastered the ability to control his body temperature and holds world records for withstanding extreme cold. Produced for senior audiences, this video will introduce breathing techniques, cold training, and meditation for obtaining optimal health.
Aging and Healthcare Trends (02:31)
By 2050, adults over 65 will comprise 20% of the U.S. population but there will be little healthcare funding. Most people lack personal funding for long-term care. Hof's method produces physiological and mental health benefits.
Physiological Benefits: Breathing Exercises (06:55)
Hof’s method combines breathing exercises, cold training, and concentration techniques. Hear how the breathing component improves physical and mental health. Combining controlled hyperventilation and holding breath increases the body's oxygen levels.
Breathing Exercises Designed for the Elderly (03:24)
Practice the exercises immediately after waking or before eating. Hof demonstrates taking power breaths, holding after exhalation until the gasp reflex, and taking a recovery breath. Repeat the cycle three times.
Physiological Benefits: Cold Training (05:40)
The cold training component of Hof's program improves blood circulation, lowers the heart rate, tightens the skin, increases energy levels, improves mood, strengthens the immune system, and improves confidence. Learn about hypothermia and brown fat.
Cold Training Method Designed for the Elderly (00:53)
Hof demonstrates using a cold washcloth bath for vascular conditioning.
Yoga Poses Designed for the Elderly (04:30)
Concentration helps develop mental strength to overcome cold exposure. Hof demonstrates chair versions of the cat-cow, forward, raised hands, and extended side angle poses. They increase flexibility and blood flow, optimizing the mind-body connection.
Wim Hof Method: Physiological Benefits (01:51)
The breathing technique and cold training program can influence the immune and autonomic nervous system; increased adrenaline levels increase anti-inflammatory protein IL-10, lowering inflammation.
Rheumatism and Chronic Fatigue (03:39)
Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by joint inflammation and an over-active immune system; chronic fatigue depletes glucose reserves. Hof's exercises strengthen the immune system, reduce inflammation, increase cardiovascular strength, reduce obesity, and generate more brown fat, reducing glucose use.
Improving Senior Health (02:52)
Excess medication prevents the elderly from living a happy, productive life. The Wim Hof method controls bodily processes, increasing energy and reducing inflammation levels.
Credits: Senior Health - Beyond Wellness: The Wim Hof Method For Seniors (04:30)
Credits: Senior Health - Beyond Wellness: The Wim Hof Method For Seniors
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