3. Cold Baths
Tollakson submerges his legs in a 55-degree bath for 10 minutes, either in a backyard pool or in a special tub set up in his garage, after every run and ride. Although cold baths are generally promoted as a way to control post-workout muscle tissue inflammation, “The benefit is less on the anti-inflammatory side and more on the side of deadening of pain,” Rountree said.
She adds that there is little point in taking cold baths after bike rides and after runs lasting less than 90 minutes. It’s only the long runs that cause real muscle damage.