Ever since I heard we were getting the Cold Plunge here at RF, I was excited and anxious to try it out. I’m not a huge fan of being cold, so this is a whole new world to me. My first plunge was definitely a shock to my mind and body. As it became more of a habit, I found a routine that works best for me to get in and out without thinking twice about it.
The best way to get into a routine and stick with it is to be consistent (just like training). Right after I finish my workouts for the day, I rinse off in the shower, and get ready to plunge. I find it best to not even look at the temperature before going in, because the mind is a powerful thing and I find that I sometimes psych myself out too much. As long as I know its not down to 41 degrees (lol @Rob), I try to just hop in. The newest thing I added to my plunge routine is to find a song that is a little over 3 minutes long. Once I turn it on, I know it’s game time and I have a couple seconds to get in and fully submerge myself and relax. No need for a timer or anything, because once the song is over, it’s time to hop out! It’s becoming easier as I do it more consistently, and I’m able to get my breathing under control within the first 10 seconds of getting in.
My biggest piece of advice to anyone who’s thinking of trying out the plunge or trying to find a way to get into a routine that works for them, I HIGHLY recommend finding some calming music or a favorite song you can hum along to while plunging, and don’t overthink it… just SEND IT! I’m definitely feeling the benefits and it’s been helping with my recovery and mental health. I’m planning to start doing some sauna and cold plunge combos, which will be another big challenge, but I’m looking forward to it 🙂