- When people immerse themselves in frigid water, their bodies go into "cold shock"
- Sudden temperature drops can be dangerous for people with underlying health issues
Guadagnino, who has done the plunge twice, told OK! magazine
the experience was exhilarating.
"You get a rush when you're there because there are so many people doing it," he said. "It's definitely like a shot of adrenaline ... It doesn't affect you that much -- you just have to go in, and do it, and jump back out... Afterward, as soon as I get out, I have a towel waiting for me, and I dry off quickly. That's it -- and then, I just chill."
Okay, so Guadagnino was swimming for Cold-EEZE and was taking the plunge to raise money for charity, but there are plenty of others who take chilly dips for their health.
The Coney Island Polar Bear Club, which claims to be the oldest "winter bathing" organization in the United States, was founded in 1903 by publisher Bernarr MacFadden
, who believed swimming in the ocean in the wintertime was "a boon to one's stamina, virility and immunity."
Doctors, however, aren't so convinced that these plunges are good for you, noting that there is no solid evidence of any physical health benefits associated with swimming in freezi