WHEN TO TAKE AN ICE BATH
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That leads to stiffness, swelling, and pain in the muscles, which can impact performance the next day. Ice baths mitigate those inflammatory responses by constricting blood vessels. Since they peak one to five hours post-workout, there’s no rush to cool off.
Ice baths are most beneficial after high-intensity exercise, endurance training, or workouts involving eccentric muscle contractions (like running downhill or doing squats, push-ups, or pull-ups).