Get 5% Faster… In The Bath

Warm up af­ter a run, by or­der of the bath

Runner's World (UK) - - In This Issue -

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

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