Friday, February 21, 2014

Ice Ice Baby

Stop, collaborate and listen...(you can't quit right here can you)

As a product of the late 80's/90's I was tortured privileged to have the lyrics of this song memorized. In fact, as part of my training on the high school soccer team we would do a wall sit and recite the whole thing. That's how it was timed...we got good and fast.

Another ice I become very familiar with as an athlete was of course the beloved "ice pack".  During track I used to grab a Dixie cup that had frozen water inside and use it as an ice massage.  I would peel off the top to reveal the ice and rub the sore calves, quads, hammie, etc...  It usually ended up down some body's shirt.

With that in mind, here are 7 other ideas for a home-made ice pack.

Frozen Veggies

 In a thrifty move, my husband brought back the extra bags of frozen corn from scout camp.  To make a long story short, they have been frozen-thaw-frozen-thaw-and then frozen again.  Yummy.  So now if there is a need for a flexible ice pack, I've got 5 bags of frozen corn ready.  

Joking aside, this actually works really well.  Just mark the bag so it doesn't get used for dinner after it's gone through the frozen-thaw stage multiple times.

Frozen water bottle

This feels amazing on sore feet.  After the water freezes, roll your foot on the top of the bottle.  Works wonders for Plantar Fasciitis.

Frozen Variety - 

Click on the picture for a link on how to make these easy DIY ice packs.  The dish soap and alcohol options are awesome.  Again, mark the bag so your kiddos (or ice cream loving spouse) don't mistake it for a frozen treat.

An ice bath is also commonly used but I've never been sore enough to want one.  I don't care if it means I'm not a hard core runner.   Brrr!

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