- Do your stretching before you complete your ice bath - you will be less sore later
- Get in the bath tub before you drop the ice into the water
- Drop the ice in slowly – you can always add more
- Use a warm, fluffy towel to rest your back and neck on
- Sip on hot chocolate (using chocolate milk for refueling!) or your favorite hot tea or coffee to warm you up
- Bring a book, magazine or your favorite device for reading/surfing the web to pass time - just be careful!
- Set a timer – sit in the ice bath for 10-15 minutes
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Ice Bath Tips
I recently experienced my very first ice bath. I had heard about the benefits of icing ever since I attempted my first marathon back in 2008, but I never made it a part of my routine. My husband raved about his ice bath earlier in the month, so I wanted to give it a try.
After a twenty mile training run recently, I resolved to give it a try and cool down in the tub. I actually enjoyed it, and my legs weren't the least bit sore the next day. I can’t say that about earlier long runs in my training cycle. Usually I have some difficulty walking downstairs or have trouble standing up after sitting for long periods of rest.
The first minute was the most difficult. The remaining nine were pretty easy – dare I say enjoyable??!!
Tips for a successful ice bath: