What Are the Benefits of Taking an Ice Bath?
*First and foremost, as with all health related matters, consult with your physician before introducing any new recovery method into your routine, especially one where you’re subjecting your body to extreme temperatures.
Regarding the benefits of using an ice both or cold immersion therapy as it is often referred to there are many experts in the medical, fitness and physical therapy fields who believe in them. Many elite level athletes believe the greatest benefit is they make the body feel good post-training session and substantially reduce recovery time.
If you’ve ever taken an ice bath, super cold shower or gone in a cryogenic chamber you know it’s a bit painful at the beginning, but afterwards you feel super warm and refreshed. This is referred to as improved thermogenesis, or your body's ability to generate heat.
Ice baths also help with the central nervous system and deepen sleep so your body can avoid fatigue and recover more efficiently.
Other benefits include:
- improved and stronger immune system
- healthier skin
- reduced inflammation
- fat burning improvements
- build mental toughness
- many more side benefits