How to Build Up Your Tolerance for Cold Water: Tips for Starting Ice Bathing

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Ice bathing has become increasingly popular among health enthusiasts looking for an effective way to improve their health and well-being. But where do you start? Ice baths are COLD! 

Our experts at Colorado Custom Spas know how intimidating it seems to get started ice bathing in your Passion Ice Bath Plunge Pool. Those first few times can feel challenging.

We have figured it out for ourselves and seen all the benefits, so we are here to pass our tips on to you so you can see great health results too.

Start Ice Bathing Slowly

If you’re new to ice bathing, it’s essential to start slowly and build up your tolerance gradually. 

You can begin by taking a cold shower for a few minutes and then gradually decrease the temperature until you can comfortably tolerate the cold water. From there, you can progress to ice baths.

If you start in the plunge pool, you can stay only a few seconds the first time. Add a few more seconds each time you enter to build up your tolerance. 

Focus on Breathing

When submerged in cold water, your body naturally goes into a fight-or-flight response, making you feel anxious and uncomfortable. However, by focusing on your breathing, you can calm your mind and body and reduce the intensity of the response. 

Practice deep breathing exercises before and during your ice bath to help you relax. This is part of what can also help with your mental health and daily anxiety. You are training your brain to handle those feelings safely.

Stay Warm Before and After Ice Bathing

Before and after your ice bath, stay warm to avoid hypothermia. Wear warm clothes, drink warm beverages, and shower to help your body adjust to the cold temperature.

You can also use a hot tub or sauna to warm up before and after your ice bath. Just be sure to give your body a few minutes before jumping right in. We don’t want to shock your system.

Get a Buddy

Having someone to share the experience with can make ice bathing more enjoyable and less intimidating. Plus, it’s safer to have someone around in an emergency. Consider inviting a friend or family member to join you for your ice bath sessions.

Use Music or Visualization Techniques While Ice Bathing

Music or visualization techniques can help distract your mind from the cold temperature and make the experience more pleasant. 

Create a playlist of your favorite songs or practice visualization techniques that involve imagining yourself in a warm, tropical place.

Stay Hydrated While Ice Bathing

Drinking water before and after your ice bath is essential to staying hydrated and maintaining your body’s internal temperature. Ensure you drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol or caffeine, which can dehydrate you.

Don’t Overdo It

It’s essential to listen to your body and not push yourself too hard. If you feel uncomfortable or experience pain, it’s best to stop and gradually build up your tolerance over time. Ice bathing should be gradual, and everyone’s tolerance is different.

Following these tips, you can build up your tolerance for cold water and enjoy the benefits of ice bathing in your plunge pool from Colorado Custom Spas. Reach out and let us know how we can help you meet your health and wellness goals this year. Happy ice bathing!

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