When it comes to her Instagram, fans are used to seeing Courtney Cox doing skits with her partner Johnny McDaid, or laughing at her own beauty faux pas (remember that Shout fringe?). But her most recent photo represented something different: a glimpse into her wellness regimen for her 14 million followers.
Turns out Courteney is a fan of cold water therapy. Praised for its ability to help with everything from fat loss to improving sagging skin and reducing stress levels, cold water immersion is often cited by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Harry Styles as an integral part of their health and wellness regimes.
Given that the 59-year-old is also an avid fan of the Tracy Anderson Method, a notoriously grueling workout, as well as reformer Pilates, it's perhaps no wonder she enjoys a quick soak in a tub of ice as part of his diet. In addition to improving circulation and increasing serotonin levels, cold water therapy has an anti-inflammatory effect and is particularly effective in reducing muscle soreness that can accompany intense exercise sessions.
“The practice of using ice baths for fitness recovery has become increasingly popular, thanks to its benefits in relieving muscle soreness and promoting recovery after exercise,” says Gavin Teague , co-founder of Light therapy. “If you are using cold water therapy for recovery, I would always recommend using it after exercise to reduce lactic acid buildup.”
Although she may have the fitness regime of a Hollywood star (and the lithe, toned body to match), Cox is refreshingly candid about the realities of cold water immersion. While her neoprene socks probably help alleviate the situation a bit, her X-rated endorsement suggests she's all too familiar with the inevitable full-body shock.