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Top 5 Health Benefits of Ice baths

The Top 5 Benefits of Ice Baths

There are a variety of things to do after a hard workout to speed up your recovery time and cryotherapy is at the top of that list. If you aren’t a big fan of going into a cryotherapy chamber and getting frozen for the longest three minutes of your life, you can take an ice bath and receive all of the same benefits. From elite athletes, all the way to celebrities have gotten on the ice bath band wagon to reap some of the rewards for their bodies.

Whether you can make it to a recovery center or training room for a cold plunge or just want to make yourself an ice bath at home, it’s worth the 15 minutes of your time. Here are the top five benefits of ice baths for your body.

1. Reduce recovery time

2. Reduce tissue swelling

3. Circulate blood
through the body

4. Flush out waste
products like lactic acid

5. Flush out muscles by
constricting the blood cells

After a hard workout your muscle tissue is broken down and you’ll often experience delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) in the next 24-72 hours after a difficult workout or competition. Ice baths and cryotherapy propose to reduce inflammation and tissue swelling.

This is done by constricting the blood cells, decreasing metabolic activity and compressing the muscles. By slowing down cell processes and using the water as light compression, ice baths help to improve circulation of blood through the body.

recoup ice bath therapy

This helps flush out things like lactic acid and waste. Flushing out waste from the muscles can help speed up recovery time between workouts and training sessions so you are less fatigued the next day. When you’re muscles are fresh you are much less likely to get injured and will perform at a higher level.

Ice baths are extremely common in college and professional training rooms where athletes are pushing their bodies to the limit back to back almost every day of the week. The average gym goer probably doesn’t need to take an ice bath as frequently as elite athletes but they never hurt.

What if You Can't Make it to a Training Room?

If you aren’t an athlete with access to a training room anymore don’t worry. There are some different options when it comes to cryotherapy. If you want to try a cryo clinic, you can cut down the time exposed to cold all the way down to three minutes (even though it’s MUCH colder than an ice bath).

Not in the mood to pay money to freeze? You can get all of the same benefits of a cold plunge in your own bathtub. Grab some large ice bags from a gas station or super market, put them in your tub with some cold water and let it sit for 10-15 minutes to get to it’s coldest temperature. Most will recommend you make it at least 10-15 minutes in the ice bath at a time but be aware of your skin and body and never stay in longer than 15 minutes at a time.

 

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