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Cold Water Baths Help Aches, But Could They Do More Bad Than Good?

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Cold Water Baths

Got a lot of aches and pains?

Maybe you should try taking a cold water bath!

That's been the thought process behind athletes for a long time. Now, researchers are wondering if there are any adverse effects.

Most of the studies done on this are few and far between, and done only on athletes in top shape. What about the rest of us?

"Most of these studies are done in pretty elite athletes. So, their physiological reserves are probably greater than most people. I think you have to be careful that you don't generalize these conditions to everyone."

What WAS found, at the very least, was that athletes who took the baths had a lower feeling of pain for the next four days, down by 20%. But the feeling of pain itself is subjective.

The main point of this is to BE CAREFUL, and not to just jump in to something you see people at the pinnacle of fitness doing!

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