Freezing Your Way to Better Health
When most of us think of happy places, we think of white sandy tropical beaches, tall glasses of rosé and warm baths, to name a few. On the contrary, have you ever noticed the rush you get from jumping into a cold ocean? Why would anyone willing want to do this or encapsulate themselves for three minutes in -250 degrees Fahrenheit? Health reasons, of course! After all, does anyone actually think kale tastes really good?!
Humans have been using cold therapy for hundreds of years, as the super-cold shock creates a release of feel-good endorphins that are difficult to replicate. The cold shock that occurs inside the body pulls the blood away from your extremities and layers around your organs in a preventative protective state. This rush that you experience revitalizes your organs and body through the oxygen-rich blood that is created.
Cold-therapy not only is preventative in fighting inflammation—a cause of many diseases including arthritis, diabetes and Alzheimer’s—but it also increases our metabolism. While a 45-minute Rumble, SoulCycle or Barry’s class are said to burn between 500-800 calories, according the cryo industry, a single three-minute session could burn equivalent calories in only a fraction of the time. And the flight-or-fight response of cryotherapy is said to leave you with the release of the feel-good hormones, endorphins.
While cold-therapy may not be your idea of defined happy places, try cryotherapy, jumping into the cold ocean or finishing your shower with a cold water for the health benefits.