Polar Plunge at Eagle Creek
Mar 03, 2015 10:56PM
The annual Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Indiana takes place March 7 at Eagle Creek Beach in Indianapolis, with registration open from 8 to 11 a.m. and plungers plunging from 10:30 a.m. until everyone has finished.
“It was definitely cold, but also exhilarating,” said Natural Awakenings of Indianapolis Editor Lanette Erby after participating in last year’s event. “The atmosphere all around you created by the attendees, the deejays and the staff is infectious. I didn’t see anyone without a smile on their face when they exited the water.”
A wintertime swim in cold water might not sound like fun to some, but there are health benefits associated with icy dips. Cold water is a mild stressor that activates the immune system, boosts white blood cell and endorphin production, and releases dopamine and serotonin—the neurotransmitters responsible for fighting depression. Switching from hot to cold also improves blood circulation, which flushes impurities and improves complexion. Some women swear by this method for reducing cellulite. Studies show that cold showers and dips produce testosterone and estrogen, thus improving sex drive. Also, when the body is cold, it has to work that much harder to keep it warm, burning even more calories.
All plunge participants receive a long-sleeved event T-shirt and are invited to Rick’s Boatyard after the event for food and other refreshments. For those that go above the fundraising minimum, other prizes like beach towels, roller coolers and hoodies are available.