*Jump in all at once, tiptoeing prolongs the pain.
* Have a mug of hot something to sip. Chocolate, Broth, Coffee, Tea.... this warms the inside while the surface freezes.
*If the water begins to feel relatively warm, swish you legs back and forth. It circulates the water next to your legs that has been warmed by your body heat.
*Have a warm room, if possible, DH built our house and I had him add cadet heaters in our bathrooms so we can warm just that room on cold summer mornings or when bathing babies.
*For maximum benefit, resist the urge to take a hot shower and let your body return to normal temperature naturally.
*It doesn't have to be super cold or super long. I just run a cold tub and add a block of ice that I have made by freezing water in a large yogurt tub and stay in about 10 minutes.
*Have a distraction: I set up my lap top and catch up on some Netflix!
*Take advantage of natural settings. I live in the Pacific Northwest, we have lots of water, all of it cold, for 10-11 months a year. If I race near a lake, river, or ocean (like my impending marathon) I just jump in and submerge waist deep for 8-10 minutes, feels great!
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