The trend of cold plunging actually isn’t a trend at all. Scandinavian countries have been big fans for a long long time. So although it may seem like a new fad to some of us, it’s really not.
With so many benefits like reduced inflammation, improved circulation, and an overall boost in mood/energy, and so much more, it seems like everyone is catching on.
Let’s be real.
Finding an affordable tub that’s high quality and big enough to fit our bodies AND our houses/yards can be tough.
Today we’re going to be talking about alternatives to a cold plunge tub so you can still reap all the icy benefits.
What is a Cold Plunge?
A cold plunge is when you submerge yourself in cold water for a certain amount of time. They’re usually done after a sauna or workout session and can have amazing health benefits for your physical and mental health.
When you first submerge yourself in cold water, your body goes into a state of shock. But, after a few seconds, your blood vessels start to constrict which helps reduce inflammation and muscle soreness.
As your body works to warm itself up again, it releases endorphins which can leave you feeling relaxed and alert all at once.
Remember: water temperature is important. If you want the most benefits, you’ll want to cool the water to around 50-60 ℉.
Also, don’t stay in for too long. You’ll only need about 2-5 minutes to reap the benefits.
So, when’s the best time to do a cold plunge?
A great option is after a sauna session since your body is already warmed up. Actually, there are a ton of benefits of a sauna and cold plunge combo!
Post-workout sessions are also a great time to do a cold plunge!
Overall, cold plunging ain’t for the faint of heart. But if you’re up for the challenge, the benefits are undeniable.
Cold Plunge Benefits
Here are just a few really cool cold plunge benefits:
+ Reduces inflammation and swelling
+ Assists with muscle recovery and post-workout soreness
+ Helps improve sleep
+ Boosts the immune system
+ Stimulates white blood cell production to help fight off infection and disease
+ Boosts mood and energy levels
+ Releases endorphins
+ Helps manage stress
+ Enhances physical recovery
Cold Plunge Alternatives to Help You Chill the Fuck Out
We all know how important it is to take good care of our bodies and minds. But sometimes, cold plunge tubs come with a pretty hefty price tag.
If you are interested in your own at-home ice bath, Lauryn and Michael have The Cold Plunge indoors (use code SKINNY150 for $150 off) & a Blue Cube Ice Bath outdoors (use code SKINNY for $500 off). And if you’re low on space give an Ice Barrel a try (use code SKINNY for $125 off).
However, if you’re into exploring the ice bath world before making an investment in your own tub, here are some amazing alternatives.
6 Alternatives to Cold Plunges
♡ Ice Baths
If you’re looking for something similar to a cold plunge, an ice bath might be right up your alley. Just like a cold plunge, you submerge your entire body in ice-cold water. The best part? You can do it right from the comfort of your own bathtub.
All you need is some ice from your freezer or you can grab a bag from the market. Fill your tub with cold water, add ice, and submerge yourself for at least 2 – 5 minutes. Repeat every day or several times each week for the best results.
♡ Cold Showers
It’s like a shot of adrenaline straight to your soul. You’ll feel alive, invigorated, and ready to conquer the world.
After your warm and cozy shower, turn that knob to cold and allow the cold water to flow over you for 3 – 5 minutes. Do this every single time you shower. Or, you can use this shower hack and simply turn the knob to cold when you’re ready to rinse your hair. Believe it or not, this hack can both up your energy levels AND keep your hair looking fab.
For even better results, skip the warm shower part altogether. (After all, cold water is better for your skin and hair anyway.
♡ Snow Plunges & Polar Bear Plunges
Depending on the season and where you live, try diving into the snow or a freezing lake (like the polar bear plunges you’ve DEF heard of).
Only you’re adding a layer of adventure AND sometimes the nature around you is worth freezing your tits off for.
♡ Cold Water Bucket Pour
If you don’t have access to a bathtub, a simple cold water bucket pour just might do the trick. You all remember the #icebucketchallenge, right?
Grab yourself a bucket and fill a bucket with some ice-cold water. And hey, if you really wanna take it to the next level, toss in a handful of ice cubes to make it extra chilly. Now, pour that icy goodness all over yourself.
It’s a simple and effective way to get that refreshing jolt without breaking the bank on equipment.
Repeat once per day or several times per week.
♡ Ice Massages
This one’s all about giving yourself a little TLC with an arctic twist.
Imagine, if you will, grabbing an ice cube and swaddling it in a soft cloth. Then, gently glide it over those achy areas in circular motions. The cold sensation of an ice massage can increase blood flow, reduce inflammation, and provide some much-needed relief. You can do this all over your body.
This is why we love The Skinny Confidential Ice Roller. It’s like a magic wand for your face, neck, and chest (or really anywhere on your body).This little beauty tool chills and soothes your skin, helping to reduce puffiness and giving you that fresh, snatched glow.
♡ Localized Cold Therapy
Now, this is where things get a bit specific. Instead of freezing our whole bodies, localized cold therapy focuses on your trouble spots that need a little extra TLC.
One popular way to do this is with a cold therapy wrap or a gel pack. Just pop that bad boy in the freezer, let it cool down, and then slap it on the area that’s causing you grief.
Whether you’re dealing with post-workout soreness or recovering from an injury, localized cold therapy can help reduce pain and promote faster healing. It’s like an ice pack but with some extra style and comfort.
How do you get your cold therapy in? Tell us below.
x, The Skinny Confidential team
+ listen to Dr. Andrew Huberman and his cold therapy protocol here.
++ stalk Lauryn’s hot/cold therapy essentials here.