Last night I ran three miles in the sweltering heat and collapsed on my kitchen floor, dripping with sweat.
Strenuous exercise actually raises the body temperature, so I usually cool off with a nice, tall glass of cold water when I return from my run. But yesterday, I felt like I needed something more! I actually came up with something all my own that turned out to be fantastic for that post-run recovery:
Some facts about ice:
- Ice occurs when the temperature of water drops below 32°F (0°C!)
- Ice lowers your body temperature, allowing you to cool down quickly after getting hot.
- When ice melts, it becomes water!
- Ice is slippery.
My cube of ice that I ate last night was composed of many molecules of frozen water, molded to form a slender, oblong shape. It was whitish in color, slightly translucent and had a nice, satisfying crunch to it. Also, being approximately 10 degrees cooler than your average sip of water, it had a much greater cooling effect on my mouth.
Bonus tip: Ice is also a fantastic tool for helping to reduce the painful swelling that can occur when you’ve injured a body part!
And now, a very special haiku about ice:
Ice melts to water;
becomes vapor, all around.
But not the air kind.
Have you ever tried ice? What is your favorite way to use it? (Thanks Cindylu!!)
*Disclaimer: Ice did not compensate me in any way for this product review. My views on ice are completely my own and I just wanted to share my thoughts about ice with you!