It wasn’t too long ago that we were all dumping buckets of ice over our heads to raise money for charity. But there are plenty of people out there who are willingly putting themselves through the ice bucket challenge on a regular basis – without even posting the results on Facebook. Why? Because they know it’s good for you.
Ice baths are used by professional athletes including Andy Murray, Jonny Wilkinson and Team GB after vigorous training sessions.
The cold shock of the ice helps to speed up muscle recovery and prevent injury and soreness after training. The ice can also help to reduce inflammation in key areas such as the knees – making ice baths particularly popular with runners, tennis players, footballers and rugby players.
This is one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective sports therapies out there – the hardest part is psyching yourself up to take the plunge.
The longer you can stay in the ice bath, the better, although you should probably think about getting out once your toes start turning blue.
Try jumping into an ice bath after a particularly tough cardio session and see how long you can last – you’ll feel so good afterwards you’ll want to do it again and again.