After refusing for years, I finally caved and took my first ever ice bath this weekend after my long run. Basically my sports med chiro told me I am way too messed up for little ice packs alone (unless they make an ice pack big enough to cover my left side hip to toe) and then he threw in some stuff about it making me feel better for my marathon and like a desperate runner I bit and jumped in. Okay not entirely true, I stepped in very slowly thinking what a stupid idea it was the entire time and how freaking cold it was.
However, since this was my first time I solicited a ton of advice and got some great suggestions on my Facebook page. I hate the cold (I’m a big old wuss.) and wanted to make sure this was as bearable as possible. Here are some of the great tips I received.
How to Survive an Ice Bath:
– run the cold water, hop in, then dump in the ice
– set a timer so you have a goal for how long to sit
– bring something to read, music to listen to, etc.
– wrap your top half up – hoodie time
– take a warm drink with you (tea, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, etc.)
– be prepared for after: towel nearby, warm clothes to change into, and a blanket if needed
– suck it up cupcake: ice baths are unpleasant, but your body will thank you for itHave you ever taken an ice bath?
If not – Would you?
If so – Any tips to add? How do you survive them?