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What’s Better After A Marathon? A Hot Tub Or An Ice Bath?

A new study may have settled the debate about how to help exhausted muscles recover faster. We think you’ll like the results.

The Journal Of Physiology Published The Results Of An Interesting Study

What’s Better After A Marathon? A Hot Tub Or An Ice Bath?

Researchers wanted to look at whether manipulating intramuscular temperature affected the acute part of muscle recovery following endurance exercise. For a long time, cooling has been the favorite method among athletes. But, results proved the opposite.


Jump Into The Hot Tub Instead

What’s Better After A Marathon? A Hot Tub Or An Ice Bath?

 

Skeletal muscle recovery was found to be impaired by cooling techniques.  Conversely, increasing intramuscular temperature by heating was found to help recovery faster. This was based on the recovery rates of glycogen replenishment.


The Debate Over How To Best Treat Our Muscles Continues

What’s Better After A Marathon? A Hot Tub Or An Ice Bath?

 

This study was not the first to dispute that applying ice was the best way to reduce inflammation. Studies both in Sweden and Australia also found that cooling the muscle was not efficient in helping them recover.

Other popular notions have also been disputed. The use of TENS units and anti-inflammatory painkillers were also found to be ineffective. In fact, studies show that the latter does not reduce pain but also slows the muscle’s recovery after harsh exercise.

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