As a mom, I’m constantly looking for ways to boost my energy, reduce stress, and improve my overall health. One of the methods that I have recently added to my daily routine is cold plunging.
At first, the idea of submerging myself in freezing water was daunting (I mean I hate being cold), but after researching the benefits, I knew I had to give it a try.
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Cold plunging has been shown to boost the immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells, which help fight infections and diseases.
This is one of the main reasons I am cold plunging! Cold water helps to reduce inflammation in the body, which can help alleviate pain and promote healing.
Immersing yourself in cold water causes your blood vessels to constrict, which increases blood flow to vital organs and can improve overall circulation.
Cold water exposure activates the sympathetic nervous system, which can reduce stress and improve mood.
Cold plunging can provide an energy boost by increasing the production of endorphins, which are natural painkillers and mood boosters.
After a tough workout, cold water immersion can help reduce muscle soreness and speed up the recovery process.
Build Cold Tolerance
Let’s be honest, I hate being cold, but I get cold easily and cold plunging can help improve your cold tolerance over time. Cold exposure has been shown to activate brown adipose tissue (BAT), a type of fat that burns calories to generate heat and helps regulate body temperature in response to cold.
Promotes Better Sleep
Cold plunging can promote better sleep by reducing stress and improving circulation, leading to more restful and restorative sleep.
Tips for Safe and Effective Cold Plunging
Begin by immersing yourself in cold water for 30 seconds to 1 minute, and you can gradually increase the time up to 5 minutes.Starting with cold showers at the end of your shower is a great place to start and where I started.
Cold plunging can be dehydrating, so make sure to drink plenty of water before and after.
Consult with your doctor before you cold plunge, especially if you have a health condition.
Focus on Breathing
Taking deep breaths can help regulate your heart rate and ease the shock of cold water immersion. Take slow deep breathes in through your nose and slowly exhale through your mouth.
Warm Up Afterwards
You do want your body to warm up naturally so dont go jumping in the shower. After your cold plunge, warm up slowly with warm clothes. If you are having a hard time warming up sip on a hot beverage.
Budget Friendly Cold Plunging
Cold plunging can be an effective and affordable way to boost your overall health and well-being, even on a budget. Here are some tips to help you get started with cold plunging without breaking the bank
Use a cold shower
One of the easiest and most affordable ways to do a cold plunge is by taking a cold shower. Start with a warm shower, then gradually decrease the temperature until it’s cold enough to get the desired effect.
Ice bath at home
If you have access to a bathtub, you can create an ice bath by filling it with cold water and adding ice cubes. You can also use frozen water bottles or bags of ice to make it colder.
Cold pool access
If you have access to a cold pool or natural body of water, take advantage of it. Many public pools offer discounted rates during certain times of the day, and some natural bodies of water are free to access.
DIY cold plunge
The internet is full of DIY cold plunges. If you’re handy, you can build your own cold plunge by using a large container, such as a water trough, and filling it with cold water and ice. This is a cost-effective way to create a cold plunge at home.
Cold Plunging for Health
Cold plunging may seem intimidating, but the benefits are undeniable. As a mom, I am always looking for ways to improve my health and well-being, and cold plunging has become a powerful tool in my arsenal.
By following these tips and incorporating cold plunging into your daily routine, you may find that it becomes a valuable part of your wellness journey too.
Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.
She serves on the hospital board for Northern Nevada Health Systems and is passionate about her community.
Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, traveling, working out, coffee, and dessert!