day 61: it's bloody horrible having a bath with no hot water
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Us club players often like to enjoy an ice cold beer in the lounge after a long match. But if we’re to believe the pros, what we really should be enjoying is an ice cold bath.

That’s right. Dipping into a vat of icy water is all the rage these days when it comes to recovering from a match and getting your body ready to play again. That and stretching, rehydration, a massage, and maybe even an alternating hot bath.

At least, that’s what the pros do. Sure, their matches might be longer and more grueling than ours, but they’re also much more physically fit generally and so that offsets the differences a bit.

I have to admit, I don’t so much as flex my toes after a match. But I know I probably should. Stretching is an easy post-match exercise. My new plan for 2013 is to commit to a full stretching routine after every match and rehydrate with plenty of water and gatorade. If I can stick to that for a few months, then I’ll consider adding in an ice bath/hot bath mix.

I’ll let you know how it works, and if I feel like I’m able to recover any faster.

And if anyone wants to throw some discount massage coupons my way, I’m happy to give that a shot as well šŸ™‚

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