Fitness Friday Video: Should I Use Ice or Heat?

The fitness team at Green Mountain hears this question a lot: How do I know when to ice or heat an injury? Whether you’re treating shin splints, trying to alleviate plantar fasciitis pain, or nursing other common injuries that affect your exercise routine, using ice and heat properly can make a big difference in getting you back on your feet quickly (pun intended).

In today’s video, senior fitness specialist LynnAnn Covell offers quick tips to help you remember when it’s best to use each remedy, and also gives you a reminder about the R.I.C.E treatment (rest, ice, compression, elevation).

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Do you have any tips to help you remember when to ice and when to heat?

2 responses to “Fitness Friday Video: Should I Use Ice or Heat?”

  1. Jamie says:

    Thanks for sharing this Lisa.
    About a year ago (almost precisely, thinking about it) I took part in the London Marathon. Unfortunately, I couldn’t compete in the way I would have liked because I developed shin splints about a month before the event- meaning I could only really manage a power walk round the course.
    I personally always felt that Ice was the best method with which to soothe the pain.

  2. Lisa says:

    Thanks, Jamie! Yes, ice really does reduce the swelling and help with pain. Hope they’re feeling better now!

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