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What Does a Cold Plunge Do?

There’s nothing quite like a plunge into cold water.  

It energizes.  

It helps tired muscles recover.  

It strengthens the immune system and helps detoxify the body.  

It sharpens focus, boosts mood, relieves stress, and facilitates sleep. 

Few other experiences make you feel so alive while also providing so many health benefits.  

Feeling invigorated 

Water cools the body 25 times faster than air. That sudden, dramatic temperature change invigorates a person climbing into a tub of cold water. It quickens the breathing and heart rate and raises the blood pressure. It holds significant health benefits.  

Inspired by Wim Hof of the Netherlands, who’s known for swimming and hiking in freezing conditions, professional athletes in a variety of sports have long reduced inflammation and sooth sore muscles with cold plunges. Now many other people also are submerging in chilly water.  

While some experts recommend limiting submersion time, you—in consultation with your healthcare provider—are the best judge of what you can tolerate. One of our clients likes to cold-plunge into 49-degree water for 20 minutes. Others prefer warmer or cooler water or longer or shorter submersion times.  

There’s no one right way to take a cold plunge; do whatever works best for you, considering your objectives and overall health.  

The answer to “What does cold plunge do for your body?” lies with you. 

Joining the cold plunge converts 

Are cold plunges right for you? The dramatic change in temperature so many people find invigorating can come as a shock to others. So, start slowly. Know your limits. Consult with your doctor, especially if you have high blood pressure or heart disease

A growing number of cold-plunge converts, including the model Hailey Bieber, the singer Lady Gaga, and perhaps even your neighbor, are enjoying the uncommon benefits of cold plunges. ABC News medical contributor Yalda Safai, a psychiatrist, says submersion in cold water activates cortisol, norepinephrine, endorphins, and noradrenaline, all of which can quickly improve one’s mood.  

On a TikTok of one of her cold plunges, Bieber once said cold-water submersion helped her with anxiety.  

The video has been viewed more than 2.5 million times. 

Plunge and the Wellness Shop 

You may be wondering, “Where can I find a cold plunge near me?” 

We at Wellness Shop can help. Call one of our locations or fill out our online form. And be sure to ask about our Early Adopters Discount.  

We’ll have you chilling in no time. 


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