The Benefits of Whole-Body Cryotherapy and How It Can Improve Your Recovery

Whether you are an athlete or aspiring to become one, a fitness enthusiast, or just enjoying your daily dose of workouts, you’ve got to ask yourself the following question: do you have enough time to recover efficiently after your training?

Sure, taking a shower or a nap, or making your favorite smoothie will energize you to a certain extent, but none of these will deliver enough of essential nutrients and oxygen to your body. If you are a professional athlete, these recovery techniques will not be as fruitful. And even less so if you are in a rush to continue with your daily duties after the training session.

Why is recovery important?

First of all, recovery is essential for the most obvious of reasons – you cannot continue with your performance unless you recover, right? As such, the recovery session is just as important, if not even more so, than the training session. Let’s take professional bodybuilders, fitness instructors, or gym enthusiasts for example, who are usually performing high-intensity training routines with weights. If you lift weights, you will feel aching and soreness a day or two after lifting, which indicates that your muscles have suffered a damage induced by hard training. You’ve exceeded the capacity for the tissue to repair itself, and your body is signaling that it is time to recover. When you feel the soreness, take a break, sleep well, and rest by allowing your body to repair the microscopic tears in your muscle fibers.

Why is recovery nutrition important?

Proper nutrition is just as essential to your weight lifting as it is to any other sort of training or sports you are doing. Your diet plays a crucial role in speeding up and aiding the recovery process while at the same time being the fuel to your performance and growth. The benefits of proteins are well known by now to everyone as they promote muscle repair.  On the other hand, carbohydrates prevent hypoglycemia, positively affect the central nervous system, and replenish muscle fuel stores. You can additionally enhance your recovery nutrition by structuring your diet plan based on your needs or having an accredited sports dietician to do that for you.

You might believe that the training ends once you put down your weights, especially if you’re a beginner or yet to become a professional athlete. In reality, your practice ends once you’ve had your rest and recovery session. It is during the recovery, and not the training, that you become aware of your limits, as then you will know what type of rest soothes you, and what kind of nutrition boosts you for the upcoming training sessions.

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The Renaissance called whole-body cryotherapy

However, for a more efficient recovery, you should use a whole body cryotherapy rather than partial body cooling, or alternative remedies. While alternative treatments will not cause any harm in most cases, they require implementation of different techniques or intake of various substances to affect a single condition, mostly with one or very few benefits. On the other hand, whole body cryotherapy positively affects multiple states of your body through a single act of completely cooling it down.

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The benefits of whole-body cryotherapy

While you are in cryotherapy, thermoreceptors in your skin send signals to your brain to disperse the blood appropriately to maintain the body temperature. Through this single act of your body, tissues release toxins; blood boosts with oxygen, enzymes, and nutrients, while the whole body releases endorphins and heals. As your body warms up, this “enriched” blood flows back through the body and repairs muscles and reduces pain. At the same time, your immune system increases the white blood cells and improves circulatory system’s reactions. Once the circulatory system reacts, the endocrine system follows with the release of endorphin and noradrenaline. Besides physiological benefits, the surge of these hormones makes you feel good and rejuvenated! It is easy to focus on the future training session and enjoy it even more once you are also mentally stable, with both your mind and body being thankful to you for cryotherapy.

Coldblooded duel: Cryotherapy VS. Ice bath

When it comes to other therapeutic or recovery practices, your body might not be as grateful for them as if it would be if you would go for a whole body cryotherapy session. One of such therapies is an infamous ice bath, also known as cold-water immersion or cold treatment.

While many athletes are still using this cold water immersion after an intense workout, internal processes in the body are still elusive. It does numb the pain to a certain extent and for a short period, while at the same time it includes the risk of hypothermia or the possibility of shock. Both can lead to a sudden death. And if you are dead, there is no point in recovering for the future exercise, right?

Cryotherapy is harmless, and it undoubtedly allows you to continue with your workouts, alive. As it takes only a few minutes, usually three, cryotherapy completely reduces the recovery time to a minimum, yet provides the maximum effects.

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