Ice Bucket Challenge giving a health boost?

Melbourne attempts the world record ice bucket challenge

Melbourne attempts the world record ice bucket challenge

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YOU might be too scared to check Facebook these days, in case you discover that one of your “friends” has kindly nominated you to take part in the latest craze sweeping the world – the ice bucket challenge.

But there aren’t many who fail to accept the freezing cold mission – after all, it’s for a good cause.

Those taking part in the challenge donate cash to raise funds for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), the US charity for people with motor neurone disease, or their own chosen charities.

But many may be unaware that, while they are doing their bit for charity, taking part in the ice bucket challenge, is also giving their body a welcome boost.

Scott Brownlie, gym supervisor at the Scotsman Spa and Health Club, says: “Ice baths are used as a method for aiding recovery – cyclists and athletes use it and it’s proven to work. It’s a good stimulation for the nervous system to get that up and running, and it’s good for reducing pain after training. It helps muscles flush out lactic acid quickly. It can reduce depression and stress, too.”