Your Ice Tub - how to get started

By Johan Seistrup

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Getting started with ice bathing in your Ice Tub requires caution and preparation to ensure your safety and comfort. Here are five steps to get started:

  1. Preparation and Safety
    • Ensure that someone is nearby who can assist you in case of any issues.
    • Avoid consuming alcohol before or during ice bathing, as it can increase the risk of hypothermia.
  2. Dress Appropriately
    • Wear swimwear suitable for ice bathing or consider bathing naked.
    • Use a hat and gloves to reduce heat loss through the head and hands. Keep your hands above water, especially in cold months.
  3. Warm Up Your Body
    • Perform warm-up exercises and stretches to increase blood circulation before entering the water.
    • It's also a good idea to take a short walk or jog to warm up your body.
  4. Gradual Entry into the Water
    • Enter the water slowly and gradually to acclimate your body to the cold temperature. For beginners, start by filling the pool with water and spend 10-20 seconds in the water. Breathe calmly and come out of the water. Regulate your breathing and re-enter the pool after a few minutes. Try to stay in the water for 20-30 seconds, or longer if you can control your breathing, up to a maximum of 2 minutes.
    • Do not dive or jump suddenly into the water, as it can be a shock to your body. Keep your head and hands above water.
  5. Adding Ice to the Bath
      • Next time you take an ice bath, extend the duration to 1-2 minutes, but be sure to do it in two sessions.
      • You can also try transitioning from a warm bath for 30-60 seconds to the ice bath to promote blood circulation in your body.
      • To add ice to your Ice Tub, prepare 3-4 containers, fill them with water, and place them in the freezer. The larger ice blocks can be added to the water 30-60 minutes before your ice bath.
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Remember to gradually increase your time in the Ice Tub. Your body needs to adapt to the temperature and the way you ice bath. Take it step by step, listen to your body, and get out of the water if you feel uncomfortable or start to feel too cold.

Always prioritize your comfort and safety. Ice bathing can offer health benefits, but it's essential to take it slowly and not force yourself to stay in the water for too long. If you're unsure whether ice bathing is suitable for you, consult a doctor before starting.

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