I was all toasty this weekend at the gym when I caught a blip on ESPN NFL Sunday that definitely grabbed my attention.
Heard of them? Do you immediately picture a bunch of half-naked dudes soaking in big tubs filled with ice? Even if you aren’t warming up to the idea of ice baths, for athletes they are incredibly important.
It’s inevitable: if you swim, bike or run at high intensities or for long durations of time the body is going to break down. The daily wear and tear adds up and before long lactic acid, achy muscles and fatigue has set in…So how do ice baths help to boost the body’s recovery process? An ice bath causes the blood vessels to tighten and drains the blood. Once you step out of the cold, ice infested water your body begins to warm and new oxygen filled blood begins to flow throughout your legs. This helps nourish the cells and flush lactic acid out. Via Triathlete
Before you chalk this up to another tip that “some athletes” use, I can say first-
leg hand I’m a believer. At the end of the summer I was training for my tri/half marathon and I would come home from a long, hot run and immediately throw my legs into my pool, which was a frigid temp. The pool may not have been as cold as an ice bath, but I truly believe that the chilly dips aided my recovery and kept me from injury.
If you want to hear more from the pros, literally, this ESPN Video is worth a watch. The players talk about the benefits of ice and the impact it has on their daily practices, games, etc.
No ice bath nearby? Cold shower it up!
Christmas Classic: While my mom and I go to a midnight service at a local church, Andrew and my dad stay home and watch Die Hard (yes, that’s technically a Christmas movie).
Speaking of cold, what’s your favorite milkshake? Chick-fil-A has a chocolate/peppermint shake that I am going to have to try.