It is a New Year tradition in United States, Canada, United Kingdom and the Netherlands to run into freezing ice water (like a lake or the ocean). It proves stamina and endurance, and many places even organize fundraisers for charity as part of the event.
The first documented act of being like polar bears in the icy water in the United States occurred in the United States in 1902 in Boston, Massachusetts. The practice of swimming in ice water, however, goes back centuries to the Scandinavians.
There are both mental and physical benefits that come from cold-water swimming. Some studies say that even taking a cold shower can elevate mood-regulating and painkilling hormones.
Ideas for Polar Bear Plunge Day
How can we celebrate this cold, icy day in unique ways? I know I have zero desire to run into freezing water!
Here are several ideas on what you can do to celebrate this fun polar bear themed holiday on January 1. My favorite is the first game listed – it looks like so much fun!
The arctic is an amazing and beautiful environment and Polar Bear Plunge Day is the perfect time of year to teach kids about the animals that live there, including the polar bear! This adorable polar bear bag puppet craft comes with a free printable template.
Warm up after dipping into the freezing ice water on Polar Bear Plunge Day with this amazingly delicious creamy hot chocolate made in a slow cooker! Make it before you head to the lake, then enjoy it when you get back!
Looking for a fun breakfast idea that your kids will love on Polar Bear Plunge Day? You need to make Polar Bear Toast! Polar Bear Toast is easy to make and will take your normally boring breakfast to a whole new level of fun!
Some kids are too little (or don't have the desire) to run into a freezing lake for Polar Bear Plunge Day. Keep them involved in the celebrations with this cute fuzzy little polar bear craft. He will have fur and all to keep him warm through the winter months!