Ah ice baths. They can be an absolutely miserable experience, especially as you take the first steps to immerse yourself into a bathtub full of literally ice cold water. 🥶
I’m a big believer in ice baths though, no matter how terrible they might sound or even feel in the moment. As far as I’m concerned they’re one of the best ways to sooth sore muscles and aid in recovery.
I’m not going to get into the science of the ice bath today. Every recovery method has plenty of research that suggests reasons why it may or may not work. I think all of that really comes down to the person and their personal preferences and experiences and in my experience ice baths are always a good idea. 😉
I’ll be the first to tell you that ice baths can absolutely suck though. Especially first getting into one. That is always an awful experience. 😂 But today I’m going to share some tips with you that can help make your next ice bath suck a little less.
Have Someone Else Add The Ice After You Get Into The Bath
The thought of stepping into a bath tube full of cold water and ice cubes sounds pretty awful, right? I sure think so!
One way to kind of work around that though is to have someone else dump the ice in after you. If you’re lucky enough to have someone who is willing to do that for you it can make the first step of the ice bath, actually getting in, a lot easier.
Actually executing this is super simple. First full up your bathtub to maybe 1/3 of the way full of cold water and then sit down in it. Then have your volunteer pour in the ice after you get situated. Easy peasy!
This is definitely my preferred way of getting into an ice bath! Trying to sit down into a tube full of ice water is not a great experience. 😂😂
Wear A Warm Hoodie And Hat
Just because you’re icing your legs doesn’t mean the rest of you has to be cold! I find ice baths to be much more tolerable when I’m wearing something that keeps my ears and torso warm.
Be warned though that more likely than not your hoodie will get sopping wet. Along with whatever else you end up wearing in the bath. So plan accordingly. Usually I just strip out of my wet gear and throw it all into a towel and then clean up whatever water ends up on the floor. Because water always ends up on the floor. 😂😂
Bring A Warm Beverage (Or Meal, I Don’t Judge) With You
Do not underestimate how comforting drinking (or eating) something warm can be while you’re sitting in a bathtub full of ice. I often bring coffee, hot chocolate, tea, or occasionally mac and cheese with me. The mac and cheese was a fantastic idea and I will be doing it again. 😂
Have Something With You To Pass The Time
Trust me, just sitting there waiting for your timer to go off is going to make your ice bath feel like it’s dragging on forever. Been there, done that. 🙃
I’ve brought books into the tub with me before, but lately I’m all about true crime podcasts, so I’ve been listening to those while I take my ice baths. It really does help to have something to pass the time!!
And that’s pretty much it! Easy enough, right? 😉
Lately my recovery game hasn’t been great even though I needed it now more than ever. Between my very physically demanding job and attempting to keep running after my long ass shifts I’m just not recovering well. Honestly I’m still just trying to figure out how to balance all of this stuff into my life and it’s definitely still a learning process for me.
Running hasn’t been going well. Not going to lie. I’m just too beat down and worn out from work. So I’m trying to up my recovery game again! For the last week or so I’ve been focusing on adding more protein into my diet and yesterday I took an ice bath and spent a decent amount of time with my legs propped up hole wearing compression socks. Yay for baby steps!!
Alrighty, that’s all for today!
Happy Monday/Halloween Week!