Why I Love My Ice Baths for Recovery
As a runner, I know all too well the importance of recovery for my performance. One of the tools I use to aid in my recovery is an ice bath, also known as cold water immersion.
From a physical standpoint, I've found that the benefits of an ice bath include reducing inflammation, soreness, and muscle damage, as well as improving recovery time and performance. The cold water causes constriction of blood vessels, which reduces blood flow to muscles and decreases inflammation. I've especially noticed the benefits after intense exercise or a 100km race. The cold temperature numbs pain receptors, providing temporary pain relief while reducing muscle damage, and eliminating that involuntary intense twitching of my legs at night.
But the benefits of ice baths go beyond just the physical. I've also found that they have a big impact on my mind, improving my focus, concentration, and overall mental clarity, leaving me feeling more relaxed and less anxious. I think this is because the cold water stimulates the release of endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers and mood elevators.
After a month-long break, and deep cleaning my ice bath, I jumped back in today with a 12-minute session at 5.6 degrees. And let me tell you, the love is definitely back.
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