While doing cryotherapy alone is indeed one of the most beneficial ways to enhance all facets of health and wellness, cryotherapy, in fact, works best when you design a full regimen around this cold therapy. For example, being optimally hydrated (see article – What Kind of Water Should I Drink to Stay Hydrated?) can improve all functions of the body at the cellular level thereby increasing the effects of cryotherapy.
7 Steps for Optimizing Cryotherapy Performance:
- Drink lots of water – some of the best athletes know that proper hydration can flush out toxins and eliminate brain fog – when feelings of disoriented and scattered.
- Breathe – focus on belly breaths where the belly button moves in and out with each breath. This will not only enhance your workout; it will help to keep the heartbeat in a stable rhythm during the cryotherapy session to increase micro-circulation throughout the entire body.
- Stretch – stretching before a cryotherapy session will increase blood-flow and stretch the muscles so that you will be more prepared to receive the benefits of improved microcirculation and tissue generation in your muscles. It also enhances your full-range of motion in exercise or sports.
- Stand up straight – fixing your posture will help your body work more efficiently and keep your muscles properly aligned during a cryotherapy session. Standing up straight also helps relieve minor aches and pains.
- Take a good daily vitamin – vitamins help fill in the gaps where our schedules interfere with our meals. Some vitamin brands aren’t great – so be on the lookout on what company owns your favorite vitamin brand and check the news for its reputation in the vitamin industry.
- Nutrition and hydration both play a vital role in flexibility – the more you stretch you increase your flexibility, which is an excellent way to increase your benefits of cryotherapy and receiving oxygen-rich nutrient blood into your muscles.
- Vagus nerve – studies have shown by increasing the tone of the vagus nerve has been linked to heightened immunity, increased parasympathetic activity, decreased inflammation, and increased gut motility and digestion. The parasympathetic nervous system helps to enhance relaxation, immune function, digestive function, hormonal function, and endocrine function. The vagus nerve controls heart rate and blood pressure and is responsible for sweating.