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How Often Can I Cold Plunge?

how often can I cold plunge

If you are wanting to reap all the benefits that come along with cold plunging there is nothing better than having your own cold plunge device either at home or in the office. By having your own tank you have the luxury of taking advantage of all the health benefits associated with cold water immersion in a place of your choosing, but you may be wondering ‘how often can I cold plunge’.

The answer to this question is one that is highly personal depending on your individual tolerance level but research has shown that there is no real limit to how much you can cold plunge. Professional athletes are often times taking multiple cold plunges a day to help alleviate the aches that come along with intense exercise.

Our guess here is that most people reading this blog post may not be professional athletes. You may just be someone who loves to train (whichever way you do) and wants to do their best at keeping their body at its peak. If you fit this category, as most of our readers do, it is safe to cold plunge daily.

Let’s examine more!

How Often Can I Cold Plunge?

Each cold plunge’s recommended time and temperature will depend on the individual, their personal tolerance to the practice, and their goals. It is recommended to cold plunge about two to three times per week for one to five minutes. 

Depending on your activity level and goals this can (and should) change. It is not uncommon to start your morning off with a cold plunge. Research has shown that an average of four times a week is the minimum you need in order to receive the full health benefits of the practice.

Many professional athletes take ice baths daily and sometimes more than once per day. The evidence (from research) has not really concluded if it is possible to take too many ice baths. So, with that being said, it really boils down to personal preference.

The fact of the matter is that most normal people won’t want to take a cold plunge multiple times a day. If you are recovering from the exercises that you do, taking an ice bath first thing in the morning after your workout is perfectly fine.

Pay Attention to What Your Body Needs

Pay attention to what your body needs and tells you. It is not ideal to be cold plunging while you are sick, you should listen to your body and get rest instead. Just like you listen when you are sick, you need to be listening when you need to spend more time in recovery mode. Intense exercises and training from combat sports athletes or fitness enthusiasts can take a toll on the body.

When you are first starting out with your cold water therapy practice it is important to start slowly.  Much like lifting weights, starting out slowly allows for good habits to form and to stick around.

Consistency is the name of the game here. You want to be cold plunging on a regular basis so you can recover faster and build the mental clarity that comes with the practice. 

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