Make flexible ice packs that will shape around body parts by mixing 2/3 water and 1/3 isopropyl alcohol in heavy duty freezer bags. Place in freezer between uses. The alcohol prevents the water from freezing solid leaving it in a more 'squishy' and flexible state. I always have a few of these in my freezer for injuries or post workout icing.
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When I'm out running errands and won't be home for lunch; I avoid the fast food drive through by packing a healthy meal (sandwich or salad ) in an ice filled cooler which I keep in the trunk of the car. That way I'm not tempted by french fries or chocolate shakes.
The reusable ice packs work great for this.
When I go on long runs I take chocolate milk with me and pack flexibile ice packs around it in a lunch box. When I get back to my car after the long run, not only do I have a nice cold container of chocolate milk, but I also have some ice packs in case something is sore. Chocolate milk is thought to have a perfect 4:1 carb/protein ratio for recovery so it works great after a run!
_Always_ pack 'road food'-- keep a little cooler in the car. Use a freeze pack. Pack homemade juice boxes, small bags of fresh veggies, sandwiches (never ones with mayo) and anything else your family will eat. Even with dollar menus, one visit to McD's for four people can run six to ten dollars.
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