What are the potential benefits of taking an cold bath after workout?
1. Speeds up the cooling of the body
If you exercise in high temperatures or if you get very hot during exercise and have been sweating a lot, an ice bath can help cool down your body quickly after a workout. However, it is important to consider your training goal. For example, an ice bath can be very good after a cardio workout, but we do not recommend an ice bath if you are training for strength and focusing on muscle growth.
2. Promote muscle recovery
An ice bath can help repair muscles by reducing inflammation and swelling. When the body is exposed to cold temperatures, blood vessels constrict, limiting blood flow to the muscles. After getting out of the ice bath, the blood vessels widen again, allowing more blood and oxygen to flow to the muscles, which will boosts muscle recovery.
3. Improved sleep quality
Exposure to cold temperatures can have a relaxing effect on the body and mind, which can make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep longer. In addition, taking an ice bath after an intense workout can help relax muscles, which can contribute to an improved quality of sleep.
4. Boost immune system
If you take an ice bath or cold shower and you experience extremely low temperatures, it can strengthen your immune system. This occurs because your body can produce more white blood cells which increases resistance. You can already achieve this by taking cold showers daily. Research from the AMC has shown that taking a cold plunge or cold shower leads to 29% less absence due to illness.
5. Decrease stress or tension
Taking an ice bath can stimulate the production of stress hormones and dopamine, which makes people feel more awake and “high” after a cold bath. Also, an ice bath can also help activate a part in the nervous system that allows your body to calm down after a stressful event.
6. Improved overall well-being
An ice bath can make you mentally stronger. This is because it strengthens your willpower and self-awareness. Challenging yourself to take an ice bath every day and eventually doing so will give you a huge boost in your daily life. In fact, cold gives you a huge mental boost. After a cold bath, you feel like you can take on the whole world.