Melissa Wood-Tepperberg Shares the 2 Most Important Things She’s Learned From Cold Plunging

The workout and wellness leader has been chronicling her journey while practicing the trend.
Melissa Wood-Tepperberg

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg.

While it took some getting used to, Melissa Wood-Tepperberg has embraced the cold plunge therapy wellness trend. The workout and wellness leader has come a long way since sharing her initial attempts last summer, and now, she’s offering up her advice for sticking with cold plunge therapy in order to reap the benefits.

In a Jan. 20 Instagram reel, the MWH founder noted that changing her mindset and practicing particular breathing techniques have both been instrumental in her practice.

“The second I stopped saying I can’t and told myself I can, I can & will continue to do very hard things (this was my mantra on repeat) - everything changed,” Wood-Tepperberg wrote in her caption. “That combined with nasal breathing (big shout out @breath_verse) helped me immediately regulate my system and master my mind.”

Alongside her insights, Wood-Tepperberg shared a snippet of herself and pal Kim Strother taking a cold plunge. The two women submerged themselves in ice cold water for six minutes, which the SI Swimsuit model noted in the video was her longest duration to date.

Wood-Tepperberg’s comment section was filled with support, while some fans sought out additional advice for their own practice.

“What temp do you do?” one person inquired, to which Wood-Tepperberg noted “this was 39 degrees.”

“This is so damn powerful and raw and honest and REAL 🔥,” another follower stated. “thank you for sharing!! ❤️.”

“I am so proud of you and you can do anything you put your mind to! (I’ve watched you do it countless times!!) 🙌🏼❤️👯‍♀️🥶,” Strother added.

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Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.