To most people, the idea of dunking your body into an ice-cold tub sounds intimidating and...COLD! But there's a smartness to this madness that our ancient Greeks considered "therapeutic" that scientists agree with.
Cold plunging or more formally known as Cold Water Immersion Therapy (CWI) is known to be incredibly beneficial to the mind and body. With science-backed evidence, results such as improved mood, blood circulation & immune system, reduction of inflammation & arthritis, weight loss, promotes lymphatic drainage, stimulation of the vagus nerves, and improved mental clarity are some of the benefits of cold plunging.
For centuries, the Greeks have perfected the ritual of the cold water dip after a hot sauna session as a way to rinse off toxins and jump-start blood flow. Philosophers such as Hippocrates, Plato, and even Thomas Jefferson have been known to cold plunge touting the mental clarity and rejuvenation of the body experienced.
Following these historical practices, even coaches of professional sports teams, endurance athletes, and casual fitness enthusiasts alike have prescribed to using cold plunging as a method to aid in faster muscle recovery and circulation through the body after a strenuous workout.
All in all, you do not have to be an athlete to reap the benefits of cold plunging, however, more folks that have consistently added cold plunging to their daily routine are more likely to begin a fitness routine than not. Cold plunging increases your sense of well-being and motivates you to lead a healthier lifestyle.