Of course, naturally, there are months which would be better to swim in (the summer). However, did you know that there are benefits of swimming in cooler water? Here I will discuss the benefits that we research, why swimming in a natural swim pond is the best idea for you, and the best for your health, all year round.
We get it: swimming in cold water is one of those things that you would rather not be doing, but there are significant health benefits:
1. It Boosts Your Immune System
The effects of cold water on the immune system have found that cold water swimming helps increase white blood cells as the body reacts to conditions change. Over time, your body becomes better at activating its defences and fighting off disease and illness.
2. It Gives You A Natural High
Did you know cold water swimming increases endorphins? This chemical is what the brain produces to make us feel good during physical activities. Coldwater swimming is also a form of exercise, and we all know exercise is proven to treat depression and mental health challenges.
3. It Improves Your Circulation
Cooler water has proven effects on your veins, arteries and capillaries. Cold water forces blood to the surface and helps warm through our extremities – with repeated exposure allowing a body to adapt to the cold.
4. It Increases Your Confidence
In turn, this raises your self-esteem and enhances your mood.
5. It Burns Calories
(And that’s before you start doing lengths.) The heart has to pump faster in cooler water, and the body must work harder to keep everything warm whilst swimming. Overall, your burn far more calories during cold water swimming than swimming in warmer conditions.
6. It Reduces Stress
Somewhat linked to the positive effects on mental health, cold water swimming places stress on the body physically and mentally. Many studies have identified a link between cold water swimming and stress reduction. In cooler water, swimmers become calmer and more relaxed as their body gets used to the change in temperature.
7. It’s A Great Way Of Socialising And Making Friends
There is a great sense of community and camaraderie amongst swimpond owners. There is nothing that brings people together like a shared experience as a group.
So yeah. If nothing else, sitting on the deck as you watch a swimpond in the cooler months with your friends and a glass of wine (or a cup of coffee!) is a lovely shared experience.
A natural swimming pond allows a social, safe space for you and your loved ones – whether you decide to dip your toes in or not!