7 is the magic number – Benefits of Swimming in Cold Water
There are many benefits of cold water swimming. Here we will focus on the seven most important ones. We believe you’ll love them and try to experience them yourself. So why is swimming in cold water good for you?
1 – Improves your circulation
Swimming in cold water makes your body force blood to its surface to keep your extremities warm. Blood flushes your veins, arteries and capillaries while the cold shrinks them. Frequent repetitive exposure acclimatizes us to the cold and keeps our circulation in shape.
2 – Immune system booster
Many studies confirm that swimming in cold water improves your immune system. Your body simply feels forced to respond, to fight (in a way) against the changing conditions and so increases the production of white blood cells. The more often you challenge your body, the more it activates its defences.
3 – Calorie burn
During a high-intensity swimming training, you will burn approx. 300 calories in 30 min., depending on your weight and effort. When swimming in cold water you will burn many more calories, not only during the act, but most importantly afterwards, due to the increased basal metabolic level.
4 – Gives you a natural high
What can be better than a natural high? Cold water swimming, as any form of exercise, stimulates the production of endorphins – a chemical your brain produces to make you feel good while exercising. However, the production of the happiness hormone is much higher than during regular swimming; the cold takes your body close to the pain barrier, so your body starts to produce endorphins in big quantities to help you handle it.
5 – Stress-reducing
Just a two-minute cold swim can make you feel good all day. That is why so many people become almost addicted to it. I bet you agree – that is a good addiction. There are many studies on the positive influence of cold water swimming on stress reduction and general mental health. If you want to grow into a calmer and more relaxed person, cold water swimming is worth a try.
6 – Socialising and making new friendships
Like many sports activities, swimming in cold water often involves making new acquaintances or even friendships. You will come across people who share your interests and will have a lot of stuff to discuss.
7 – Libido increase
A jump into cold water can stimulate production of various hormones, including sex hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone. Hence some people claim it increases libido. However, it is more probable that an increased sex drive can be contributed to the person’s higher self-esteem, self-confidence, better mood and general fitness.