The benefits of an ice bath

Ice baths are becoming more and more popular as a means of recovery after an intense workout. Elite runners, rugby players, MMA fighters and many other athletes are using ice baths for faster recovery and injury prevention. Ice packs can be used to achieve the same objective but are less effective than ice baths. Ice baths are better at isolating the deeper tissue fibres and large muscle groups of the body. Ice bath's have many advantages for sports men and women who need to recover faster, in order to perform at their maximum during the next workout or contest.

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The Potential Benefits

1. Speeds Up Recovery

An ice bath post workout speeds up recovery. Immersing yourself in cold water causes the blood vessels to tighten and the metabolic activity of the body to decrease. After stepping out of the water warm blood rushes through the vessels bringing fresh oxygen to your muscles and removing harmful waste products.

2. Flushes Out Waste Products

Heavy training causes the build up of many waste products in the body’s tissues. The most common of these is lactic acid which affects how well your muscles function during physical exercise. Cold water therapy flushes harmful metabolic debris from the body.