Taking a cold plunge is a practice that involves submerging your body in cold water for a short period of time. While it may seem daunting (who wants to be that cold??), there are actually many benefits to taking a cold plunge.
Improved Recovery, Reduced Inflammation
Cold plunges can help recovery, improve circulation and reduce inflammation. When you immerse yourself in cold water, your body constricts your blood vessels in an effort to keep your core temperature stable. This constriction pushes blood and lymph fluids back to your organs and flushes out waste products from your tissues. The cold water can also help reduce inflammation, which can be a result of intense exercise and is often associated with conditions like arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.
Regular and safe cold exposure has been shown to increase metabolic rates. Additionally, the body has two types of fat: white and brown. White is most often associated with excess energy storage and too much can lead to obesity. Brown fat is what is created to keep us warm and can help break down glucose and other white fat and cold therapy can stimulate the creation of brown fat. When properly added to exercise and a focus on nutrition, cold therapy can be a great addition to help accelerate weight loss.
Immune System Boost
Cold plunges can also boost your immune system. Cold water immersion activates the production of white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting off infections and illnesses. This can help reduce your risk of catching colds and other common illnesses.
Improved Mental Health
Finally, cold plunges can help reduce stress and anxiety. The shock of cold water can trigger the release of endorphins, which are the body's natural feel-good chemicals. This can help improve your mood and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. There is also a huge dopamine release post-cold plunge. You're guaranteed to feel great afterwards...no coffee needed!
In conclusion, taking a cold plunge can have many benefits for your physical and mental health. It can improve circulation, reduce inflammation, aid in weight loss,boost your immune system, and reduce stress and anxiety.
Did you know CrossFit Liminal has a cold plunge in our recovery room? For just a small fee you can have unlimited access to this tool that is proven to benefit your health. So why not give it a try and see how you feel?