Are there benefits of taking an ice bath after workout?

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Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013 10:23 am | Updated: 10:35 am, Fri Sep 6, 2013.

If you like taking a bath after exercising to avoid being sore the next day, then you should hold the ice.

A recent study found taking an ice bath after a workout does not reduce soreness or strength loss.

University of New Hampshire researchers studied the effects of ice baths on 20 college-age men. They all ran for 40-minutes, then half of them took a 20-minute ice bath that was 40-degrees Fahrenheit.

Results show no difference in strength or soreness between the two groups, and researchers say ice baths should be used sparingly by the day to day athlete.

One of the best ways to decrease soreness after an activity is to give yourself time to warm up and cool down.

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