Why | Cold Water Immersion

There are many reasons why you should incorporate ice baths into your weekly (or daily) routine.

Ice baths, also known as cold water immersion, have become increasingly popular among athletes and fitness enthusiasts in recent years (we’re sure you’ve heard of The Wim Hof Method). While more research is needed in this area studies have shown there are benefits to immersing yourself in icy water! Keep reading to learn how it can improve your physical and mental well-being.

Reduces Muscle Soreness

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is the pain and stiffness that you feel in your muscles a day or two after a workout. Ice baths have been shown to reduce the severity of DOMS and improve recovery time. Studies have shown that athletes who use cold water immersion experience less muscle soreness. By reducing DOMS, you can train more frequently and with greater intensity.

Enhances Mood

Taking an ice bath requires a certain level of mental toughness. The practice of enduring uncomfortable sensations and pushing through the pain will help you to build mental resilience. One study found that cold water immersion increased people's levels of noradrenaline and dopamine which helps improve overall mental health too.

Assists with Weight Loss

There are two types of fat in your body, white and brown fat. They both serve different purposes, white fat stores energy and tends to accumulate in areas we may not want it, while brown fat uses energy to generate heat and help regulate your body temperature. Research suggests that ice baths can activate brown fat, leading to increased energy and calories burned.

There are many benefits to adding an ice bath session into your weekly or daily routine. As mentioned above it can help to reduce inflammation, speed up recovery time, and enhance your mood while building resilience. Yes, immersing yourself in cold water may be uncomfortable at first but we promise you it's worth it!

Still have questions? Get in touch with us or book a session to experience it for yourself.