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Christine Luff

Can I Soak in a Hot Tub After a Long Run?

By January 29, 2013

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After doing a long run in cold weather, the thought of soaking my tired and achy muscles in a hot bath is so tempting. But it's actually not helpful for your post-run recovery. When runners say they're going to take a post-run hot bath or sit in a Jacuzzi, I always feel bad saying, "Don't do it!" Find out why sitting in an ice bath is better than soaking in a hot tub.


January 31, 2013 at 8:08 pm
(1) Michael Keown says:

Is there any proof that cold baths are helpful? Is it possible that short term recovery by reversing inflammation is done at the cost of thwarting needed long term repair which is the reason the areas are inflamed in the first place? I think inflammation is not as evil as people think but rather a normal and helpful response to injury. Taking ibuprofen eliminates inflammation too and can get people up and running sooner but that too I think is a good idea only in the short term. Hot tubs lead to increases blood flow and relaxation of muscles and in the absence of convincing, preferably long term, proof I would be careful about making rec’s either way.

December 12, 2013 at 8:49 pm
(2) James says:

Yeah I read on the BBC that the research into cold baths is very very limited. Like 8 studies of 300 people and it was weighted against doing nothing rather than say comparing with a warm or hot bath etc. So as usual with running, like with shoes, there is no real empirical evidence to support these claims.

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