You may be thinking, “It’s getting cold outside. Do I really need to continue with cryotherapy at this time of year?”
The answer is: Yes!
Cryotherapy is beneficial during the winter months, and you’ll soon see why as you read the advantages listed below:
# 1: Cryotherapy Fights Winter Weight
Seasonal weight gain during winter in the United States is 5-10 lbs. And we all know why. Gym-goers lose their motivation to exercise as temperatures drop.
Cold weather breeds lethargy, and the temptation to stay indoors with a blanket, hot chocolate and Netflix is hard to resist. And then comes the holidays with all sorts of seasonal parties, feasts and treats.
When you continue with Cryotherapy sessions throughout winter, you can manage this annual weight gain by burning hundreds of calories in a single session. Cryotherapy also boosts metabolism, which in turn helps you burn more calories all day.
# 2: Cryotherapy Fights Winter Blues
Winter blues, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a common mood affliction during cold, icy weather conditions. Scientists theorize that shorter days and lack of sufficient sunlight change brain chemicals and bring on feelings of listlessness, depression and boredom that are hard to shift sometimes.
Whole-body cryotherapy has proved to be a very effective treatment to shake off chronic symptoms of the winter blues. Exposure to intense cold for three minutes or less in the cryotherapy chamber causes physiological hormonal responses, releasing feel-good `happy’ hormones like endorphins, adrenaline and noradrenaline.
# 3: Cryotherapy Promotes Winter Wellness
Winter means cold and flu season. Controlled exposure to cold air in the cryotherapy chamber helps to rebuild compromised immune systems and fight off invasive pathogens that cause colds and flu.
People suffering from arthritic joint pains and stiffness say their condition worsens during winter months. The Arthritis Foundation recommends cold therapy as one of the most effective methods of pain relief, and studies have shown that cryotherapy reduces inflammation and help manage discomforts associated with the debilitating condition.
The risk of slips and falls increase dramatically when there are icy conditions outdoors. Seventy percent of Americans live in snowy regions, and over 1 million people sustain weather-related injuries during this time of year. Should you find yourself with an injury, cryotherapy can impact the the body in several ways including reducing blood flow to an injured area (thereby reducing swelling), acting as an analgesic (numbing agent), reducing muscle spasm, and reducing tissue metabolism.
Cryotherapy is a great way to detoxify the body during winter as well.
Freezing temperatures put the body in “survival mode”, encouraging the blood supply to flow to the most vital organs to replenish them with more oxygen and nutrients. Once you step out of the cryotherapy chamber, the enriched and less-toxic blood flushes back into the rest of the body, leaving you feeling more energized and invigorated.
Book a cryotherapy session this winter and see what a difference it makes to the way you feel – both inside and out. It may just be the pick-me-up you need to beat the gloom and doom of the weather and make the holidays a much healthier and happier season this year!
Editor’s Note: The October issue of the Milton Herald included an incorrect Headline. We apologize for this oversight.