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Looking for a great way to boost your workout routine and overall wellness? At Bayshore Fit, more and more of our members are choosing to incorporate our invigorating Cold Plunge Therapy into their daily workout and experiencing dynamic results.

The Basics of Cold Plunge Therapy

Cold Plunge Therapy entails submerging your body in a cold-water bath of between 40- and 60-degrees Fahrenheit. At Bayshore Fit, we like to set the water temperature at a chilly 41 degrees and let the temp rise a few degrees throughout the day.

Before your workout, a cold plunge can help to stimulate the nervous system, enhance circulation, increase focus and energy level and add a sense of resiliency for the challenges of the workout ahead. After a workout, it can help to reduce muscle soreness and inflammation and enhance your post workout recovery.

The plunge can be done as a continuous session or a series of shorter sessions with breaks in between. For beginners, it’s recommended to start with sessions of 30 seconds to one minute. Experienced plungers can build up to sessions of 5 minutes or more.

Of course, it’s important to remember that immersing your body in cold water can be jolting and have dangerous effects for those with heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other medical conditions. So, for those with medical conditions, we recommend checking with your doctor before your first cold plunge.

The Science Behind Cold Plunge Therapy and How it Can Improve Your Workout Routine

Cold plunges aren’t just about braving the chill – it’s a dynamic addition to your workout routine with several benefits.

A cold plunge triggers many physiological responses. As you immerse your body in the cold water, your blood vessels will constrict. This will conserve your body’s heat by redirecting blood from your arms and legs to your vital organs.

When you get out of the cold plunge, your blood vessels will dilate, spreading oxygenated blood throughout your body. The benefits of cold plunge therapy extend far beyond improved circulation and inflammation reduction. Here are a few of the many ways cold plunge can improve your workout routine:

  • Repairs muscles: Cold plunges can enhance your muscle recovery and promotes your tissues to heal after physical activity.
  • Elevates metabolic rate: Your metabolism is boosted with a cold plunge, which can aid in the number of calories you burn and help you manage your weight.
  • Temporarily relieves pain: Short-term pain relief can be enjoyed with cold plunge therapy, which can then help to promote your overall physical comfort and mobility.
  • Reduces stress: Tension can be alleviated, helping your body to relax when you submerge yourself in a cold plunge, resulting in a sense of calm.
  • Improves overall mood: Cold plunges can trigger the release of endorphins, those feel-good chemicals that can elevate your mood and motivation, making your workouts more enjoyable and productive.

If you are looking to take your workouts to the next level, consider adding cold plunges to your routine.

What Should I Expect When Starting Cold Plunge Therapy?

At Bayshore Fit, you can easily integrate cold plunge therapy at any point in your workout routine. But you should know what to expect before you take your first cold plunge.

With the water temperature maintained at between 40- and 50-degrees Fahrenheit, your initial dunk into the water can be jolting. Physically, you will experience quicker breaths, a faster heart rate, and the sensation of cold skin. As your body acclimates to the cold water, it will become more bearable, and you will gradually begin to feel more comfortable.

When you step out of the cold plunge, your body will feel a surge of energy and you will have an increase in blood flow to your skin. While the benefits of cold plunges can be extensive, because no two people will have the same response to it, anyone that uses it must keep aware of how their body is responding and act accordingly.

Now Offering a Unique Combination of Cold Plunge and Infrared Sauna

At Bayshore Fit, we’re excited to offer our members the combination of cold plunge therapy together with our innovative infrared sauna. While the cold plunge can provide a surge of energy, revitalized vitality and optimized blood flow, the sauna can complement the experience with enhanced relaxation, detoxification and circulation.

Combining the two before or after your workout can help to restore your overall wellness and provide a healthy sense of rejuvenation.

Explore the Cold Plunge Experience Today!

Contact our team at Bayshore Fit to enjoy the benefits of our Cold Plunge Therapy or Infrared Sauna today! Cold Plunge Therapy and Infrared Sauna. Two more reasons Tampa Magazine has named Bayshore Fit the Best Gym in Tampa Bay.