10 Things You Need To Know About The Polar Bear Plunge

Chris Laskowski12/16/2015  |  Categories: Community
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You may have heard of a little phenomenon called “The Polar Bear Plunge.” In recent years, these winter plunges have raised thousands of dollars for charity, due to brave souls plunging into ice-cold waters. While it may sound crazy to those who’ve never taken this “leap” of faith, here are ten facts to get you excited about plunging for a cause!

1. Lake Carolina Properties is hosting one! What better way to start the new year than by crossing ‘Polar Bear Plunge’ off of your bucket list? Mark your calendars for noon on Jan. 9, 2016, for Lake Carolina’s annual Plunge! You’ll be jumping into a chilly Lake Carolina (with snacks and hot beverages waiting for you afterwards!).


2. Proceeds go to charity! Each New Year’s, numerous charities host a plunge, raising thousands of dollars for meaningful causes. Last year, Lake Carolina raised almost $3,000 for the Children’s Charities of the Midlands with approximately 150 brave “polar bears.”


3. The first Polar Bear Plunge to ever take place in North America was held in Boston in 1904. Though this type of event has become more popular over the past few years, and used to raise money for large-scale organizations such as the Special Olympics, the phenomena dates back to 1904 in Massachusetts. It’s probably not going away any time soon!


4. A Polar Bear “Plunge” was originally done by Scandinavians, in order to cool off after being in a hot sauna. Ever jump from a hot tub into a regular pool? A Polar Bear Plunge is sort of like this, but even more of an adrenaline rush! Originally, it was done in Scandinavia, in order to cool the body off after the intense heat of a sauna.
5. Canada hosts Polar Bear “Swims”. We might think that jumping into ice cold water is rough, but Vancouver annually hosts a “Swim” instead of a “Plunge.” Swimmers dress up in holiday gear and splash through the frigid waves of the English Bay. Sounds Brrrrrrrrrutal!
6. Historically, people have “plunged” for the health benefits. While this is certainly not recommended for everyone (especially if you have a history of health problems), some say that doing a plunge can be beneficial for your health. It can release hormones that help handle stress and stimulate brain cells. While the health benefits are controversial, it’s still an interesting fact.


7. Jump in, get out, dry off! Unlike those in Vancouver, most Polar Bear Plunges encourage guests to jump in and get out within three minutes. It’ll be over before you know it (and sort of fun!).


8. Prep yourself by taking cold showers and reward yourself with a cup of hot cocoa (according to Tonight Show Host Jimmy Fallon). The host of the Tonight Show famously plunged into the icy waters of Lake Michigan last year, after making a bet with the Chicago mayor. Jimmy Fallon offers a few pieces of advice after tackling the plunge himself: Take cold showers a few days before the plunge, in order to get mentally prepared, and reward yourself with a cup of hot cocoa afterwards!


9. It’s all or nothing! Don’t just stay in shallow water. The official rules of “Polar Plunging” state that you must submerge your entire body. Don’t cheat this once-in-a-year opportunity!


10. Stay tuned for more details on Lake Carolina’s 2016 Polar Bear Plunge! Details on Lake Carolina’s 2016 Polar Bear Plunge will be available soon. Stay tuned for more information the charity, how to register, and other upcoming events that will take place in the new year!

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