Is the Cold Plunge Trend All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

In the course of writing a book about strong women, I got to meet some amazing athletes—a one-time World’s Strongest Woman, an American Gladiator, a 29-time Paralympic medalist. But one of the athletes who fascinated me the most was Jaimie Monahan, an endurance and ice swimmer. She’s the first person to complete the Ice Sevens Challenge, which involves swimming a mile on each continent in sub-41-degree water. It sounded absolutely excruciating—but was also oddly compelling.

Cold water is having a bit of a moment. Taking cold showers is the cool thing to do, and even weekend warriors are hopping into ice baths or cryotherapy chambers as a form of

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