Should You Get in on the Cold Plunge Trend?

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It seems like everyone is getting into the cold plunge trend these days. From celebrities like Lady Gaga to fitness influencers to our next-door neighbor, everybody is posting their cold plunge videos on social media. So, what is this trend? And is it really worth all this fuss?

What Is It?

A cold plunge is when you fill some sort of tub with cold water – usually 41°F to 59°F – and submerge your entire body into it. Most people stay in the tub for 10-15 minutes, submerging their heads at regular intervals.

Is it New?

It may seem like this trend is new, given that everyone’s suddenly into it. However, the practice has been around for a long time, especially among athletes. Physical therapist Taylor Kuhlmann explains, “Athletes commonly use cold therapy to facilitate muscle recovery after intense workouts since research supports improvements in muscle power, reduced serum creatine kinase, muscle soreness, and perceived recovery through cold plunges.”

The Benefits

As uncomfortable as they are, cold plunges have a lot of benefits. They reduce inflammation, irritation to the skin, chronic pain, stress, fatigue, and muscle soreness. It also enhances mood, metabolism, alertness, immune function, circulation, physical performance, and a youthful appearance.

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If you want to give this trend a try and have some great content for social media, cold plunges definitely have a lot of benefits! That said, make sure to consult a doctor before trying a cold plunge for the first time. As great as these treatments are, they can do more harm than good for some people, so make sure this popular activity is right for you.