6 Reasons you need to come wild swimming- by Tamsin Webb

Plunge into a crystal clear lake or river and improve your health!

Wild swimming can benefit your health both physically and mentally as well as being a great way to cool down and get in touch with nature.

George Bernard Shaw, Benjamin Britten, Charles Darwin and Florence Nightingale were all advocates of regular cold baths to strengthen the mental constitution and physical state. Cold immersion soothes muscle aches, relieves depression and boosts the immune system. The natural endorphin high raises the mood, elates the senses and creates an addictive urge to dive back in!

  1. Improve your Circulation

Cold water swimming flushes your veins, arteries, and capillaries. It forces blood to the surface and pushes the cold downwards. In older and vulnerable people, this can be especially beneficial. Evidence also suggests that repeated cold swimming leads to substantial bodily changes known as ‘cold adaptation’. This brings down blood pressure and cholesterol, reduces fat disposition, inhibits blood clotting and increases fertility and libido in both men and women.

  1. Exercise

Swimming is great exercise no matter where you do it! However, swimming in cold water will make your body work twice as hard to keep you warm and burns more calories in the process.

  1. Reduce Stress

Cold water swimming places stress on the body physically and mentally so cold water swimmers are naturally calmer and more relaxed.

  1. Boost your Immunity

Plunging into cold water can boost your immune system. Research has shown that when you regularly swim in cold water your white blood cell count increases significantly and the immune system is invigorated.

  1. Get a Natural High

Cold water swimming causes endorphins to be released, taking the initial ‘cold sting’ away from your skin and giving you a natural high.

  1. Improve your Sex Life

Research has found that when people have been subjected to cold water on a frequent basis there is an increased production of testosterone and oestrogen in both men and women respectively.

So what are you waiting for?!  Join one of our Wild Swimming sessions at Lime Cross Nursery – please visit www.wellbeinginthewild.com for a full schedule and booking details.