Ice Tubbing: Good for the Brain and Mood

By Johan Seistrup

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Ice bathing is a popular activity in Denmark, and there are many good reasons for it. Apart from the physical benefits ice bathing can offer, there's also a body of research suggesting that it can positively impact the brain and mood.
In this blog post, we'll delve into a recent meta-analysis that has investigated the effects of ice tubbing on cognitive function and mood in healthy adults.

The Meta-Analysis Published in the journal 'Frontiers in Physiology,' the meta-analysis encompassed 23 studies with a total of 1,177 participants. These studies examined the effects of ice bathing on various cognitive functions, including memory, attention, and reaction time.

The meta-analysis revealed that ice bathing generally had a positive effect on cognitive function. Participants who engaged in ice tubbing scored higher on tests measuring memory, attention, and reaction time compared to those who did not ice tub.

Additionally, the meta-analysis indicated that ice bathing could positively affect mood. Participants who engaged in ice tubbing reported an enhanced sense of well-being, reduced stress and anxiety, and an increased feeling of satisfaction.


These findings suggest that ice bathing can be an effective means to enhance cognitive function and mood. Ice tubbing is an easy and accessible activity suitable for everyone.

Tips for Ice Tubbing

If you're new to ice bathing, it's important to start slowly and gradually increase the duration of your baths. It's also crucial to thoroughly warm up before the bath and hydrate adequately afterward.

Here are some tips to get started with ice bathing:

Begin with bathing for 1-2 minutes and gradually extend the duration over time. Bathe in cold water at around 5-10 degrees Celsius. Warm up thoroughly before the bath with some exercises or a warm shower. Stay well-hydrated afterward to replenish fluid loss.

Enjoy your ice tubbing experience!
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