Taking the Plunge
Kix’ies, here! Ready to help you learn about the hottest new trend that’s ice cold! Here is all you need to know about cold plunging, and how to start.
- Any time you immerse yourself in cold water, you are actually cold plunging! To some, the idea of a cold water dunk being anything but unpleasant is a bit humorous. However, when properly dialed in for your specific body and needs, cold plunging is believed to have great health benefits! And after easing into it, you may even find yourself enjoying a cold plunge session.
Where to start! and why?
For those cold plunging for the first time, it is recommended to gradually ease into the activity and build a tolerance to more frigid temperatures. You can even start your cold plunge journey with cold showers! Beginners should aim for 10 to 15 minutes max. As your tolerance builds, the length of your cold plunge can extend, although Dr. Van Dien states research typically tracks health benefits from the frequency of plunging, rather than the duration of the plunges.
A current clinical trial on Sea Swimming for Treatment of Depression and Anxiety points to the potential benefits of consistent open water bathing and its impact on mental health and well-being. Cold water swimming may help ease depression and anxiety because of its effects on the inflammatory system. However, Dr. Van Dien also notes “There is low-quality evidence to suggest that cold water immersion offers benefits in major depressive disorders or enhances relaxation. This is similar for other purported benefits, including enhanced immune function and improved post-exercise recovery. There is more evidence to support use in muscle soreness.” Cold Plunges: Health Benefits, Risks And More – Forbes Health
So, what benefits is cold plunging thought to provide?
- Boosted energy
- Boosted mood
- Immune support
- Pain relief
- Stress relief
- More restful sleep
- Lymphatic drainage
Numerous high-achievers credit their success to a combination of meditation and cold plunging. The hour following a cold plunge is said to have great effects on productivity!
Cold exposure is also thought to have a positive effect on your skin as it constricts blood vessels and decreases inflammation, often providing the skin with a more radiant appearance. 14 Benefits of Cold Plunge Therapy - Expert Cold Plunge Benefits (harpersbazaar.com)
Cold plunge cautions
- Physical incapacitation
- Cold shock
If you are ready to try a cold plunge, and have the ‘ok’ from your doctor, try to keep in mind that your body’s response may vary from someone else’s. Immersing in cold water can be exhilarating when practiced with others present and in the right environment. Cold Plunges: Health Benefits, Risks And More – Forbes Health
Those with heart disease, high blood pressure or circulatory issues face much higher risks cold plunging, as well as individuals with a low baseline body temperature or a pacemaker. Don’t forget to listen to your body! If you start to feel uneasy or uncomfortable, it’s best to hop out. Cold plunging should not be a challenge against your body.
Where to cold plunge
“Cold tubs” may be found at luxury spas, recovery centers, fitness centers, or even places dedicated solely to cold plunging! Some websites, such as Home - Sauna N Plunge, can help you find a spot nearby. If you are becoming more serious and consistent with your plunges, you can always purchase a tub of your own! Make sure you do some research to discover which tub size and shape is ideal for you, as different designs may have slightly different benefits. We suggest starting with cold showers, cold swims, and then testing a tub before purchasing one yourself. Cold Plunge Benefits