How can I best get started with ice bathing?

By Johan Seistrup

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Starting to take ice baths can be a challenge, but it can also be a rewarding and enriching experience. Here are some steps to get started with ice bathing:
  1. Start Gradually: It's important to start gradually and slowly increase your exposure to cold. Begin with short outings in cold weather or cold water and gradually extend the time and intensity of your cold exposure.

  2. Listen to Your Body's Signals: Pay attention to your body's signals and avoid pushing yourself too hard. If you feel uncomfortable or too cold, step out of the water and warm up.

  3. Take a Warm Bath First: Take a warm bath or shower before entering the cold water or ice tub. This helps prepare the body and increases blood circulation.

  4. Dress Appropriately: It's essential to dress properly when taking an ice bath. Wear a warm hat, gloves, and a thick robe or blanket to keep warm when you come out of the water.

  5. Be Cautious with Ice Bathing: If you're taking an ice bath in a lake or another natural water source, be cautious to avoid hidden hazards like submerged rocks or branches. Also, steer clear of ice bathing in dangerously cold or stormy weather.

  6. Focus on Breathing: When you enter the cold water, it can be tempting to breathe quickly and shallowly. Try to focus on taking deep, calm breaths to soothe your nervous system and help adapt to the cold.

  7. Warm Up After Ice Bathing: After finishing your ice bath, take a warm shower or bath to help restore your body temperature and increase blood flow.

Remember that ice bathing is not for everyone, and it's important to consult a doctor before starting ice baths if you have health issues.
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