An ice bath is one the most effective ways of rapidly healing sore muscles after that big running competition. When you immerse your body in a tub full of ice, the swelling in the muscles goes down and your body is able to reduce the amount of lactic acid in your body, which is produced during intense workouts. Too much lactic acid in the body causes your muscles to function poorly. There are some important steps to follow when doing an ice bath to ensure you get maximum results and to ensure that you do not hurt yourself in the process.
Once you’re comfortable in the ice bath slowly start submerging the rest of your body. (Excluding your head of course)
If you’re one of those people who tend to jump out of the ice bath before the numbness sets in, fear not, there’s a way to get around that. Once you’ve filled the tub with water jump in, and then gradually add ice until you’ve reached the desired temperature of 12 – 15 degrees, but since the water is also gradually getting warmer, you’ll have to increase the time to twenty minutes.
Tips to remember
Scotsman’s SA has the best quality machines to provide any coach with the perfect ice for an ice bath.