With cold water swimming, I’m sure it wouldn’t be at the top of your list when it comes to doing some type of exercise.
The cold water isn’t always too appealing, however, swimming in Swimponds are a fantastic way to increase endorphins, burn more calories and socialise with friends (when we are allowed to, of course).
Here are a list of benefits of cold water swimming, some pretty obvious, but some I’m sure you wouldn’t think of.
Benefits of cold-water swimming
Benefit 1: IT BURNS CALORIES
This may be pretty self-explanatory as any kind of significant exercise would burn many calories. However, when swimming in cold water, your body must work harder, and your heart beat faster in order to keep you warm. Inevitably burning many more calories than if you were swimming in a heated pool, for example.
Benefit 2: IT IMPROVES CIRCULATION
Cold water swimming can help keep blood circulating well through your veins and arteries. It also helps adapt us to the cold, meaning maybe you won’t need as many layers when you go on a cold, snowy walk?
Benefit 3: IT ACTIVATES ENDORPHINS
Surprisingly, cold water swimming will actually make you happier. Endorphins are released when doing exercise to make us feel better, and the pain of the cold water will be reduced through these endorphins being reduced!
Benefit 4: IT CAN REDUCE STRESS
It has been found that many studies have identified the link between cold water and stress reduction. It seems to be true that cold water swimmers may become calmer and more relaxed. So that is always a positive, right?
Benefit 5: IT CAN BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Similar to the improvement of circulation within your body, cold water can help to boost the white blood cell count within your blood, because the body is forced to react to changing conditions. This suggests that over time, your body becomes better at activating its defences and is less susceptible to the cold and illnesses.