Now, before you get too excited, I just took a photo in the snow – this is not some advertisement for any method or any new soapbox rave.
My recent Instagram post just got me thinking of how beneficial cold therapy has been for me in the past, and how lovely it can feel when the adrenaline starts pumping.
I understand why people embrace radical new lifestyles / fads / trends…it reconnects us with ourselves in a way, by forcing us to challenge what we know to be true.
New diets, workout routines… all things that can recenter us and offer a chance to resituate and reacclimate to our own selves when we start to fall off track.
And the cool thing is, I will forget about cold therapy for the longest time (heh), and then when I get injured or have another “aha” moment, I remember how beneficial it truly is.
Cold therapy is also known as cryotherapy. It works by reducing blood flow to a particular area, which can significantly reduce inflammation and swelling that causes pain, especially around a joint or a tendon. It can temporarily reduce nerve activity, which can also relieve pain.Healthline 2017
Your mission, should you choose to accept it:
Try one new crazy thing next time your local weather takes a major change. No hints or suggestions: flex your own creative muscles!
And one last thing – don’t be too hard on yourself if you fall “off track” your new diet / fad / lifestyle change. We are only human, and any growth in the right direction is a win.
Until next time, (it killed me not to say “stay cool”)