The physiological benefits of cold water immersion
Thermal treatments are all the rage. While saunas have always been a popular post-workout hang-out in all health clubs that have them, exposing yourself to short spells of extreme temperatures at the other end of the Celsius spectrum have only recently grown in popularity.
This is thanks almost entirely to the practice’s warm embrace by the “bio-hacking” movement and because filming yourself submerged in a bath full of iced water looks particularly great on Instagram.
As such, a “macho” aura has surrounded the cold water immersion movement. Yet the practice has been around for decades and even centuries in certain parts of the world, especially in the Nordic countries, where young and old alike swim in frozen lakes even in the depths of winter.
And, according to Dr Susanna Søberg, a leading researcher on the metabolic effects of hot and cold exposure, the physiological and cognitive benefits of cold water immersion, both immediate and long-term, means you too should consider adding the practice to your wellbeing routine.
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