Today, I’m here with Ryan Duey, the co-founder of Plunge, whose mission is to make cold plunging as common as coffee. He is also the co-owner of Capitol Floats, Sacramento’s premier float center. Ryan’s journey into health and wellness began when a near-death experience in Spain catapulted him into a journey of self-inquiry, leading him to the jungles of the Amazon and the inside of a float tank.
We discuss many topics in this episode including the benefits of cold therapy, why cold therapy causes stress (and why this is a good thing), how it benefits our nervous system and immune system, and what happens when the shiver response is engaged. We also talk about the details of cold plunges—optimal temperature, how long you can stay in, who can do it, and is it ok for kids to do it?
This is a very fact-packed episode. I also share why I’ve been incorporating cold plunges in my own life more. Let’s join Ryan.
Episode Highlights With Ryan Duey
- How Ryan got into cold therapy
- Why cold therapy causes stress and why this is a good thing
- How cold benefits the nervous system and immune system
- Why cold therapy can boost metabolism and help your sleep
- The details of using contrast—hot, cold, hot, cold—and what benefits it provides
- What happens when the shiver response is engaged
- How to get started with cold plunging and tips to help build up to it
- Optimal temperature ranges for best results
- How long to stay in cold to start getting benefits
- How he and his co-founder created a more affordable cold plunge option
- The reason cold might help with anxiety and depression
- His 80/20 non-negotiables for health and wellness
- How floating can positively impact our bodies
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- Neoprene boots and socks
- Dr. Huberman’s podcast episode How to Burn Fat
- Who Dies?: An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying by Stephen Levine
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