Howdy, Cold Feat! Yes, I’m having a nice day at work today — so nice, in fact, that I’ve got time to reply to some questions. Woohoo!
Yeah, the scientific evidence for post-exertion ice baths is kinda iffy. This excellent review of the data by sportsmedicine.about.com will give you more details, so I won’t rehash everything here. But in summary: It won’t harm you, and it might help prevent muscle pain after workouts.
As for hydration: oh yeah, you gotta get your water in there! And as long as you are a healthy person, working out (and therefore generating sweat) and peeing (therefore flushing out your kidneys), you can pretty much drink all the water you want (if you’re a healthy person: not if you’re suffering from kidney problems, heart failure, electrolyte balancing problems, etc).
What you don’t want to do is intentionally hold in your urine while proceeding to slam the H2O — you’ll end up like that unfortunate lady who was competing in the “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” radio contest a couple years ago: dead from water intoxication, which kills you by swelling up your brain cells.
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