The spring equinox is upon us, but in many parts of the country, it still feels like winter with serious cold and snow. Many Naturists remain indoors or are flocking south for warmth. However, if one listens to Wim Hoff, famously known as “the Iceman”, we should be getting outside and going for polar bear swims instead! The video link below is an interview of Hoff by the actor/comedian Russell Brand. It is not a Nudist video, but in our view, Hoff’s ideas are indeed “Naturist.”
Hoff believes that the human body’s innate capacity to protect and heal itself has been impaired by the wearing of clothes. We evolved with our skin exposed to the elements, and the challenges of volatile climate conditions shaped our nervous system, immune system and other body functions to be highly adaptable and responsive. Unfortunately, the covering and insulating effects of clothes over many generations has caused these systems to get out of balance and out of shape. Hoff has successfully developed a practice of cold baths and breathing techniques to reinvigorate these health promoting capabilities.
Hoff is a remarkable individual that has defied common understanding of what the human body can endure. Through numerous athletic feats in hostile, cold environments as well as subjecting himself to scientific experimentation, he has demonstrated that the body is able to adapt to challenging climates and that these adaptations have positive effects on health. He believes that all people can do this and has successfully trained others in his methods.
A core theme here is that Naturism promotes a healthy mind in a healthy body with a bright spirit. We find this idea very much present in Hoff’s remarks. In addition to sharing the health benefits of his work, he also notes the clarity of mind and spiritual aspects of his experience. Naturists should be interested in what he has to say. Perhaps after watching this, you will be inspired to head outside for a naked snow angel, a brisk free-hike or a skinny dip in the nearest body of cool water… or maybe not!