Making your Ice Bath More Manageable.
Oct 19, 2023
There are numerous benefits associated with regular ice baths. Cold water immersion can alleviate bodily discomfort, enhance mood and energy levels, and reduce feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress.
Nonetheless, entering cold water can be challenging, especially for those sensitive to the cold.
At PolarPit, we suggest a comprehensive ice bath experience, immersing your entire body (up to your neck) for at least two minutes in water below 60 degrees to fully harness the advantages of cold therapy. We also encourage individuals to listen to their bodies, experiment, and discover what works best for them.
Below are some recommendations to make your ice bath experience more manageable:
Begin with partial body immersion. While immersing as much of your body as possible offers the most benefits, you can still derive benefits by exposing specific body parts to the cold. You can start with your hands and arms, then move on to your legs and feet, gradually progressing to submerging up to your waist and eventually your shoulders and full body.
Start with shorter durations. Even spending a minute in the ice bath can be a solid start. If 30 seconds is your limit, that's okay too. Remember to pay attention to your body and end the ice bath at any time if it feels too strenuous.
Consider skipping the ice. If you are sensitive to the cold, you can skip the ice and use tap water, which can be cold enough, especially during colder seasons. Water below 60 degrees is considered therapeutic, providing benefits even without added ice.
Seek support. Having a companion to emotionally or physically support you through your ice bath can make the experience easier, especially during your initial attempts. They can provide encouragement and comfort during the process.
The positive news is that your body will gradually adapt to the cold exposure, making it easier to endure over time. Everyone's body is unique, so it's important to discover what works best for you and celebrate your progress along the way.