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How Lady Gaga's Post-Show Ice Baths Help Her Recover

Lady Gaga puts on one heck of a show, and to recover, and she has a post-show routine that involves an ice bath.

Gaga (real name Stefani Germanotta) is currently enjoying a residency in Las Vegas with her show Enigma, and to keep her fans updated, she shared several photos of her post-workout methods. "Ice bath for 5-10 min, hot bath for 20, then compression suit packed with ice packs for 20," she wrote. But is this something that would work?

Many athletes have been known to take ice baths to speed up recovery after a tough workout and ease the pain, and this is something that has recently gained popularity. According to Men’s Health, ice baths (also called cold water immersion) needs to be around 50 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit to work and can help reduce inflammation and improve recovery—although they are not exactly a fun experience and can be uncomfortable. They work because cold water causes the blood vessels to constrict, and once you return to normal temperatures, they dilate. This process can help “stagnant fluids in your lymph nodes move throughout your body.”

But Gaga doesn’t just have an ice bath, she also switches to warm water, and this is known as Contrast Water Therapy (the switch between cold and hot water). Studies on Contrast Water Therapy (CWT) have indicated that it can reduce muscle strength loss and resulted in significant improvements in muscle soreness.

Lee Hanses, a physical therapist, spoke to Allure about this process. "Contrast baths are used after a tough workout or a period of increased activity to help reduce inflammatory processes, delay muscle soreness, and to decrease fatigue and pain levels," Hanses says. "The whole body or just one part is immersed in hot water between 100 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit, then cold water that is between 55 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit, and this process of alternating between the two is repeated for up to 30 minutes."

As for the Normatec compression suit? It’s designed to help an individual recover faster post-workout.

[Image via Andrea Raffin / Shutterstock.com]

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