To take the plunge or not to take the plunge? That is the question.
It seems as if, in recent times, ice baths and cold baths have been a hot topic for discussion (pun not intended). Celebrities endorse them. Athletes swear by them, but what is the hype really all about? What are the benefits of ice baths? What are the risks? Are they dangerous? Can cold baths actually be good for you? Any handy tips?
Let’s find out. Grad a warm, cozy beverage and take the polar bear plunge with TOA Waters as we seek to understand more about this popular trend.
What are the benefits of an ice bath?
Despite the fact that research in this field is still limited, many studies suggest that there are indeed benefits to taking ice baths. According to healthline.com, ice baths can serve to relax and repair achy muscles, especially when enjoyed after a workout.
The site also suggests that ice baths contribute to sleep regulation as well as to the regulation of inflammation of the body. Ice baths can also aid in reversing the negative effects of hot and humid climates.
Perhaps most interestingly, ice baths have been connected to the training of a nerve called the vagus nerve, which links to the parasympathetic nervous system. This connection is said to benefit individuals who deal with stressful situations.
Are ice baths dangerous?
Like all things, ice bathing responsibly and safely entails moderation, care, and knowledge. Ice baths are not recommended for those with cardiovascular conditions and high blood pressure as the temperature of the water could further constrict blood vessels and lead to serious medical emergencies. Submerging in an ice bath for too long could also lead to hypothermia, so it is important to monitor time if you decide to take the plunge.
Tips for Ice Baths
If you think you’re ready to take the plunge, here are some tips to consider to ensure your pleasure and safety:
1. It is recommended that the water temperature be between 50-59 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Spend no more than 10-15 minutes in your icy tub.
3. Start slowly. Submerge your feet and legs first, and then work your way in.
So, what’ll it be? Will your bubble baths be needing a parka? Or is that too cold for you?