Ice baths are exactly how they sound — cold! But for many athletes, they are often a post-workout necessity used to recover, reducing inflammation and muscle soreness (think of them as one giant ice pack).
While not everyone is convinced on their effectiveness, studies have shown that ice baths are one of the most effective ways to offset the damage done on a run, because the cold temperatures help constrict blood cells and decrease metabolic activity. Try making your own; all you have to do is fill your tub with cold water, add a few bags of ice, and jump right in. It will be chilly, but a 10- to 15-minute soak will have your muscles thanking you. It's common practice for many elite athletes (especially those at the 2012 Olympic Games), but how about you? Take the poll and let us know if you're a fan of these not-so-relaxing recovery baths!