If you've ever complained about a swimming pool that was too cold, maybe it's time to re-evaluate... As part of their training routine, athletes around the world have been incorporating ice baths into their regiment in order to quicken the healing process. It's believed that "the exposure to cold helps to combat the microtrauma (small tears) in muscle fibers and resultant soreness caused by intense or repetitive exercise". However, this doesn't give anyone the green light to jump into a frozen lake... For more information on how to safely take an ice bath, as well as other do's and don'ts, click here.
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