We might be crazy, but we love it...
There are few things more daunting than standing over a pool of snow melted water, bathing suit on, goose bumps forming, camping towel patiently waiting for your return. Aside from the pure adrenaline rush, there are several scientifically proven health benefits of jumping into ice cold water.
The sharp contrast of cold water against bare skin spikes the white blood cell count by forcing the body into a state of fight or flight. The main function of the white blood cell is to protect your body against disease and infection. So the more you submerge in ice water, the more you boost your immune system!
Cold water has also been linked to releasing endorphins in your brain, which not only has the power to change your mood for the short term, but it also reduces stress for the long term! Along with increasing endorphins, it also has been proven that cold water can actually decrease cortisol levels which is directly related to stress, anxiety and depression.
Reduces Inflammation from Sore Muscles
Last but certainly not least, ice water helps to reduce inflammation and swelling. We all know that putting ice on injuries helps, but how? The coldness constricts your blood vessels which reduces blood flow in that area. On a wider scale, by immersing your entire body into ice water, you are preemptively targeting any sore muscles from the long hike, climb, or trail run that you just completed.
Next time you arrive at the final lake after that long hike or backpacking trip, jump in and don’t forget to pack your Adventure Towel because it is the best quick dry camping towel for your cold adventures!
Disclaimer: The content above is not professional medical advice and we are not doctors :)
Much more enticing when the sun is shining.
Guess I need to plan a trip to Lake Tahoe ASAP.
I think polar bear jumps are pretty cold!
I’m not sure it sounds intriguing enough for me to give a shot but more power to those of you doing it. I’d rather get these benefits elsewhere.
There is nothing better than a cold plunge
I always wondered why people in sports would take ice baths . I will never do that or get in water that is not hot like my baths and showers . But it’s good to have all the information in case I need it.
Living in Minnesota I think everyone has taken a cold plunge or two! Even more so if you consider late season swims in lake Superior!
Take that polar plunge.
It sounds like it would give me a headache but I might have to try
The very thought is chilling. I think if I bring some hot coffee or tea in your Thermal Mug and drink it right before… I could take the plunge. I’m going to do it!!! Thank you for posting all the health benifits. You guys are awesome!