Cold water swimming has been increasing in popularity over the last few years, with people such as Wim Hof raising awareness of the many amazing mental and physiological benefits of cold water. As we move into winter and the air and water temperatures begin to drop we would like to highlight some of these benefits to help give you that extra bit of willpower to get out of bed for a swim on a cold morning.
1. Boosts Your Immune System
The effects of cold water on the immune system have been studied widely. Cold water helps to boost the white blood cell count because the body is forced to react to changing conditions. Over time, your body becomes better at activating its defences.
2. Raises Your Endorphins
Swimming in the cold ocean water causes a spike in your endorphins which boosts dopamine and serotonin levels leaving you feeling euphoric and calm long after you leave the water.
3. Improves your circulation
Cold water swimming flushes your veins, arteries, and capillaries. It forces blood to the surface and helps to warm our extremities. Repeated exposure adapts us to the cold.
5. Burns more calories
The heart has to pump faster in cold water and the body must work harder to keep everything warm while swimming. Overall, far more calories are burned during cold water swimming than swimming in warmer conditions.
6. Improves Wellbeing
Swimming in cold water helps to improve mood and make you feel more energized. Cold water swimmers tend to experience less stress and fatigue than the average person. Many studies have identified the link between cold water and stress reduction.
So grab your wetsuit, cap and goggles and we will see you in the surf! 🌊