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Ice Baths

Ice ManHow much ice you will need depends on the temperature of your local water supply. I find in Austin I need 2 bags (8-10 lb size) when town lake is warmer (June-October). The cooler months might only need 1 bag. In any case, have 2 bags ready to go. Put on a sweater, or have a something nice and warm you can wrap your upper body in. Put a warm beanie on your head. Have some hot tea/cocoa nearby. Personally, I like to have a glass of red wine nearby, a little liquid courage if you will. Let the cold water start filling up and hop in! It will be chilly, and you will want to hop out, but you can’t! By sitting in the tub while the water fills up, you have more time to adjust to the cold. If you like living to the extreme, let the tub fill up then hop in. Add your ice until the water temp hovers around 50 degres. Sit there for 10-15 minutes. 12 minutes is my magic number. You will hate it the first few minutes and your legs will probably twitch, but the discomfort will go away as you numb up. Following your refreshing ice bath, throw some warm clothes on and get those muscles heated back up, foam roll for a bit, and get some sleep.

Other posts on ice baths:

get fit slowly

runner’s world

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach, triathlete

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