After an intensive workout or just generl wear and tear on your body there is a need to treat the limbs and joints and professional sports people will alwasy use an Ice Bath.
Heres how they get the maximum benefit from their ice bath – and you can too!
Straight after training (as soon as possible) run your ice bath or have it prepared before you begin your exercise
Stay warm while the ice bath is prepare. Double up on clothing while you wait, (condier staying warm with a hat and even mittens!). We dont want to cool down before using the ice bath.
Slide into the Ice bath (and try to squeal like a baby!). Consider keeping your top on to ensure that the upper half of the body stays warm.
Sit in it for approximately 5 – 10 minutes. (Some professionals recommend 12 minutes as the magic number but do not force yourself to sit that long, you can gradually build up to this time if it is to cold to begin with).
Sit upright and stretch your legs out in front of you allowing any swelling of the joints to be reduced.
When your ready, slide out of the ice bath, peel of your top if you decided to keep it on, and take a VERY BRIEF shower with tepid water – 30 seconds to 1 minute. Scrub quickly!
Grab a bite to eat (some healthy sandwiches are perfect) and begin a post-excercise stretch. Some people prefer to do their stretch before using the ice bath, this is entirely up to you and you should try both ways to find out what gives you the best result.