Have you ever admired hardy winter swimmers from a distance, and thought about trying it yourself? Read more about how taking an ice bath can improve health and wellbeing – and find out how to get started!
You’re probably asking: How can it be sensible to jump in icy water when you’re already freezing on dry land? Well, the truth is that if you stay on the shore – sluggish from the cold and dark of winter – you’re missing a fantastic chance to lift your spirits and enjoy a rush of warmth.
In contact with the cold water, the body generates endorphins, which are natural pain relievers and mood enhancers! A Finnish study published in the International Journal of Circumpolar Health found that taking an ice bath can reduce stress and help relieve exhaustion and fatigue. After four months of regular winter swimming sessions, the study participants experienced higher energy levels in their daily lives. They also noted improvements in mood and memory skills. In addition, winter swimming offers a feeling of achievement and mental preparation to handle other challenges that life throws at us.
However, taking an ice bath isn’t recommended for everyone. People with serious brain disease, epilepsy, a history of heart problems, or hardening of coronary arteries should avoid this type of exercise.
FOR EXTRA COMFORT: Combine your ice bath with a sauna session. Nothing compares to hopping into a toasty sauna after a dip in winter waters!
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