April 26, 2023
Dr. Zaslow weighs in on the claims, benefits and the hype about Cold Plunging trend
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While there is not an exact, one-size-fits-all definition for cold plunging, the water tends to be between 50 and 59 degrees Fahrenheit and is usually done for no more than 10 or 15 minutes at a time, said Dr. Tracy Zaslow, a primary care sports medicine physician at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. However, some people are taking their dunks in temps lower than that, with some showing themselves breaking a layer of ice off the top of their bath before climbing in.
Instead of turning to cold plunging, Zaslow recommends good old-fashioned exercise to help you achieve some of the same perks. “We know that exercise helps with sleep, weight loss, stress management, all of those things … and even pain management with certain components,” Zaslow said.
Instead of cold plunging, she said she emphasizes exercise because of the science-backed benefits that fitness brings. And, as far as cold plunging, more research is needed before the benefits can be solidified.