If you workout on a regular basis, chances are you will end up with some sort of ache, pain or injury from time to time. Knowing when to ice, how long to ice and how often to ice is half the battle. There is a good article on Active.com that goes into the Do’s and Don’ts for Icing Injuries including:
- Don’t: Ice Before You Run
- Do: Apply Ice ASAP After a Run
- Don’t: Leave It on Too Long
- Do: Leave It on for Long Enough
- Don’t: Call It Quits After One Day
- Do: Continue Icing During the Day
Read the complete article for the specifics. You may also want to check out How to Prevent Running Injuries at Runners World if you are planning on doing any walking or running this spring.
The one thing I have learned throughout the years is to build up slowly!! If you increase your mileage too quickly you are more prone to shin splints, tendinitis and other aches and pains. If you increase your mileage slowly you are also more likely to stick with your routine!