Get 5% Faster… In The Bath
Warm up after a run, by order of the bath
Feel the heat, pick up the pace. Water works!
ONCE upon a time, if you wanted to recover quickly postrun you had to brave a tub full of ice cubes. But new research pours cold water on that course of action and – rejoice! – suggests a hot bath may be more beneficial. Scientists from the Extremes Research Group at Bangor University, Wales, found a hot soak after a run on six consecutive days helped athletes to acclimatise to running in the heat, enabling them to knock 4.9 per cent off their 5K time. The group’s research also leads them to believe a hot bath may stimulate the immune system. ‘This is particularly beneficial when you’re in hard training, because heavy exercise results in a temporary dip in immune function,’ says the group’s director, Professor Neil Walsh. Another recent study found that regular hot baths yielded reductions in arterial stiffness and blood pressure. Pass the bubble bath!
TURN UP THE HEAT Sit back, relax and speed up