I know, I know, trust me I said that at first too! So what IS the buy in with cold exposure therapy, cold water training, cold plunges, the Wim Hof Method, etc.
Well let me share with you what I've learned through my own studies and experiences and you can let me know your thoughts afterwards, are you curious? Sure you are... or you wouldn't be reading this ;).
There are so many reported benefits of cold exposure whether it be ice baths, cold showers, putting your limbs in cold water or training in cold weather.
Talking about ice baths in particular, here are a few benefits I've collected.
Ice Bath Benefits:
Promotes neural and cardio vascular system recovery/ resilience
Reduces fatigue and sluggish and foggy headspace
Can help treat soft tissue injuries such as muscle sprains and tears
Can help reduce pain; both acute and chronic
Can help lower cortisol levels
Reduces muscle soreness and muscle fatigue as well as joint pain
Decreases inflammation and swelling
Induces cold shock proteins
Heightens immune system function
Improves alertness and energy levels through the release of dopamine and
Helps enhance your ability to control and relax your breath and mind in times of stress.
Promotes and produces healthier brown adipose tissue (BAT) that can help lead to weight loss.
Helps the body attain deeper sleep
Helps impulse control
You feel FULLY ALIVE & GRATEFUL (Meech :))
Can reduce depression symptoms. "one study found that immersion in cold water — 57 degrees, to be exact — raised people's blood levels of the neurotransmitters noradrenaline (by 530 percent) and dopamine (by 250 percent)." https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4049052/