Freezin for a Reason Polar Plunge

  • barefootlover

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    Jan 12, 2018 1:29 AM GMT
    Have you ever done a polar plunge? They always have one here in Oshkosh on the weekend after Valentine's Day to support Special Olympics. I like to do the run and watch all the crazies, but the plunge is not for me. lol

    http://polarplungewi.org/locations/feb-17-oshkosh/

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  • MuchoMasQueMu...

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    Jan 12, 2018 3:22 AM GMT
    Ugh! The thought of doing something like that makes me slip into hypothermia. Brrrhh!!! icon_mad.gif
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    Jan 12, 2018 3:41 AM GMT
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  • StevenKal

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    Jan 12, 2018 3:50 PM GMT
    I'd do it, and I'd make sure I was sore before I did too.
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    Jan 12, 2018 11:13 PM GMT
    Polar plunging is absolutely nothing new. Health enthusiasts have been doing it for over 100 years, starting with the famous Coney Island Polar Bear Club in 1903, which got national coverage in the 1970s.

    A little more history about the founder of that first Polar Bear Club: one of the first and most popular tabloid magazines, "True Stories," made many millions of dollars for its founder, one Bernard MacFadden. HE was a health food and exercise nut who took those millions and subsidized an international health food and exercise craze from roughly 1900-1935, nearly 20 years before Jack LaLanne. MacFadden was known for his inordinate interest in enemas and quack restorative health regimes. (All of his kids, raised under strict and merciless family health regimes, rebelled as adults by smoking, drinking, and getting fat.) I know about HIM because my grandfather had MacFadden's popular leather-bound "Encyclopedia of Health" set, within which were grandpa's most FASCINATING and deeply personal handwritten notes from the 1920s through the '40s on all the relatives on that side of the family. The pictures of all the buff nude German sunbathers exercising almost made up for the comments on Aunt Sylvia's kidneys (but not quite).
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    Jan 13, 2018 8:32 AM GMT
    I could never bear to do that. BUT, I have gone from an incredibly hot sauna or hot tub, run through snow and across ice and plunged into icy water. That feels wonderful! Without the hot tub first - no way.
  • barefootlover

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    Jan 15, 2018 1:40 AM GMT
    Puppenjunge saidI could never bear to do that. BUT, I have gone from an incredibly hot sauna or hot tub, run through snow and across ice and plunged into icy water. That feels wonderful! Without the hot tub first - no way.


    They do have hot tubs and heated tents. Going to have 3 live bands too for a big party afterwards.
  • carew28

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    Jan 15, 2018 3:58 PM GMT
    They do something like that here in Western Mass., too. They call it the Penguin Plunge. Not for me. I have enough trouble getting into the heated swimming-pool at the Rec Centre. Plunging into a pond when the temperature is about 10 degrees outside, after a subzero night, I think would do me in.