Happy Polar Bear Plunge Day! What better way to start the new year, than the fresh feel of cold water all over you? Polar Bear Plunge Day is a special day for those who are daring enough to leap into freezing cold waters. Be it within a local lake, river, or even a pond. Polar Bear Plunge Day is the day that you leap into the freezing waters of the new year. This holiday is observed every January 1st. If you are looking for a great way to start the year then this is the way to go.
History of polar bear plunge day
Polar Bear Plunge Day is an international holiday observed since 1904, when the first polar bear plunge was observed in Boston. Since then, people have plunged in various rivers. Notably, since 1920, people have plunged in the English Bay from Vancouver. As this is an internationally fun event, people have been diving into the cold waters of the new year since the early 1900s, making it a long standing tradition that has been around for years! Thousands of people register for the event, making it a very popular event. It takes guts to leap into a large body of cold water, but in the end it is very rewarding.
Caution! Cold water ahead!
As this is a fun event, some things to be careful of when participating are the health risks that running into or diving into cold water can bring. According to Phd Mike Tipton, if you have any heart conditions, this could be a very deadly event for you, as it may cause a heart attack or even for you to drown. The main battery behind it is that the cold water creates stressors. As he says, cold water is one of the greatest stressors to put on our bodies. Tipton states that during the first minute in the cold water is when you are open for heart problems. With this in mind, we must tread carefully when participating with heart problems, though I would highly suggest not participating if you have any history of heart problems.
Some fun ways to celebrate polar bear plunge day!
Some great ways to celebrate Polar Bear Plunge Day would be to do it for a charity. There are some great places looking for participants, and what better way to start the new year than to plunge into cold water for a cause? People all over the world participate for charity or not for charity. You can choose between running into the cold water until it comes up to your chest, or you can choose to leap into it. Of course if plunging into the water isn't your cup of tea, you can simply give your support by cheering on the people who are crazy enough to try this!
Polar Bear Plunge Day is a day that brings us all together. We may be shivering from the cold waters of the new year, but it brings us to look forward towards the warmth that the new year has to bring us. Polar Bear Plunge Day is a fun event for friends and family, as it allows us to acknowledge the change that the world brings. So let's be like the polar bears in the North Pole and plunge right into that cold water!