just an idea
Have you ever noticed a topic that won't quit presenting itself to you? When I find myself drawn to a subject over and over again because it keeps popping up, not because I'm seeking it out--I stop to take notice and see if it could be something that's for me. I first heard of cold therapy from Tony Robbins. He submerges himself in cold water every morning. A woman I follow on Instagram started getting in the ocean each morning regardless of the temperature. Another friend on Instagram gets in the cold ocean as part of her intense workout routine. Then late last year I went to a work event in Chicago where they also have a cold tank in their office gym, and it really got me thinking.. Should I start looking into this more?
Firstly, I understand that taking a cold shower or dip in a freezing tub of water sounds like actual torture to some of us. It might also sound like a challenge. Could you actually do it? Get in a freezing tub every day to become a bit healthier? There are several reasons why you may at least consider it.
reasons to consider cold therapy
Not just cold water
While researching for this article I came across Wim Hoff who is apparently the guru for cold therapy. Reading the science behind his crazy, cold antics (covering himself in ice cubes for 112 minutes, climbing part of Everest with just shorts on, etc..) convinced me that trying cold therapy could actually be worth a shot. His method includes a breathing technique, cold exposure, and mindset training that has been studied and shown to directly affect the immune response which was previously thought to be impossible. If you suffer from an autoimmune disease I want to encourage you to look into this method! Wim is a little bit woo-woo, but I think there's something to be learned from him. Take a look and see for yourself <3
different types of cold therapy
There are tons of ways to get started with cold water therapy!, and it is A-Okay to ease into this process. Disclaimer: Cold therapy isn't for everyone, especially if you have chronic lower back pain, pre-existing heart conditions, and more. As always, be your own best advocate and take your health questions to your trusted medical professionals to find the answers you seek.
So what shall we do with this information? Let's put theory into practice! Although you can try it out at any time, it's particularly nice to give it a try in the middle of summer when you aren't already cold. Share your thoughts in the comments, and share this article with your friends!
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