Deliberate cold exposure offers a vast range of benefits and is gaining well deserved notoriety in the health and fitness space. It’s been around forever as a treatment for injury and recovery. From hormonal benefits to gains in mental fortitude, intentionally and intelligently getting cold is a Lifestyle Lever that cannot go missed.
It’s true, there are very unhealthy ways to find it, but this is a very healthy way to reap its benefits. Getting cold feels amazing. Not the cold part... but the aftereffects are pretty incredible.
Cold has a drastic anti-inflammatory effect. It’s the same reason that you put ice on a sprained ankle. That reduction in inflammation system wide is even better, especially if you have circulation issues or chronic pain. Less inflammation is also inherently an immune booster.
Getting cold is a workout. Don’t believe it? Try it and see if you can keep your heart rate down.
Getting cold is difficult. If you can do it regularly, you're practicing discipline that carries over into other challenging areas in your life.
Getting cold has a circulatory benefit that aids in muscle recovery. Initially, when you get into the cold plunge, your body panics and sends additional blood away from your extremities and toward your vital organs for warmth and protection. When you get out, the super oxygenated blood that’s been hanging out around your heart and lungs returns to the extremities and brings oxygen to the muscles. Better muscle recovery also aids in better sleep. Double win.