Ice-Baths Explained: Will They Really Improve Your Health

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It seems like everyone from Lady Gaga to Kendal Jenner is doing ice baths these days. The cold water immersion practice has gained a lot of popularity. But does it really improve your health? 

Ice baths are typically between 50°F and 59°F. The idea is that you immerse your whole body up to your chest in the icy water for 10 to 20 minutes. Here are the potential benefits. 

Muscle Recovery

One of the primary reasons athletes and fitness enthusiasts turn to ice baths is for muscle recovery. That’s why it also makes sense for performers like Lady Gaga who need to recover after big shows. The cold temperature helps reduce inflammation and muscle soreness.

Improved Circulation

Ice baths can stimulate blood flow and boost circulation, potentially enhancing cardiovascular health.

Stress Reduction

Some people use cold exposure as a stress management tool. The shock of the cold water can release endorphins, creating a sense of relaxation and improved mood. This is the same principle that many people use to justify cold showers. 

Bottom Line

Give it a shot and see if you feel any of these benefits. Perhaps it’s worth adding to your routine after hard workouts. Or maybe you’ll find that a cold shower is all you need.