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Winter Sea Swimming has become more popular than ever due to the lockdown forcing people to explore their boundaries of Freedom. Believe it or not there are some Amazing health benefits to cold water swimming...
- It 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.
- It gives you a natural high
Cold water swimming activates endorphins. This chemical is what the brain produces to make us feel good during activities. Cold water swimming is also a form of exercise, and exercise has been proven to treat depression. Cold water swimming brings us close to the pain barrier. Endorphins are released when we’re in pain, to help us cope with it.
- It 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.
- It increases your libido
A dip in some cold water boosts oestrogen and testosterone production, adding an edge to fertility and libido.
The benefits of increased libido include more confidence, higher self-esteem, and enhanced mood.
- It burns 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. Cold water decreases your body temperature so much that the body must act.
- It reduces stress
Cold water swimming places stress on the body physically and mentally. Many studies have identified the link between cold water and stress reduction. Cold water swimmers become calmer and more relaxed.
- It is a great way of socialising and making new friends
In a time where we are spending most of our time at home, it is a great way to meet new, like-minded people that share similar interests.
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Shell Maillot Swimsuit
Asahi Long Sleeve Bikini
Metal Shell Farrah One-Piece
Cut Out Swimsuit Champagne Skin
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