We here at Lime Cross are extremely lucky to have a stunning wild swimming lake at the bottom of our grounds.
The Tate girls have been swimming in the lake since they were young children, diving and jumping in and lazing in the sunshine afterwards. So after stories of such lovely afternoons spent in the lake, I decided it was time for my initial jump.
We all jumped into the then freezing lake (this happened a few weeks ago, it has warmed up a little now!) after a hard days work at the garden centre. Feeling super invigorated, and quite frankly a little scared that I wanted to jump straight back in although it had frozen me to my core, I decided to do a little reading into the health benefits, and why I felt so good after my exhilarating dip.
It turns out it is pretty darn good for you to be swimming in the wild (and slightly chilly) lake!! I knew that there was definitely endorphin’s at play, as it felt so exhilarating to be jumping in, but it turns out there is so much more happening to your body than just that, it also soothes your muscle aches, will relieve depression and can boost the immune system too!
What I found truly amazing, is that not only have scientists been studying wild swimming but that NASA has too!
They have shown that “over a 12-week period, repeated cold swimming leads to substantial bodily changes known as ‘cold adaptation’. These bring down blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce fat disposition, inhibit blood clotting and increase fertility and libido in both men and women”
So there you have it, swimming in the wild can reduce stress, blood pressure, depression, cholesterol and fat disposition, but increase fertility and boost your immune system at the same time. What a glorious way to start or finish your day.
So we thought we needed to share some of the magic – each day we have different classes and workshops down by the lake, from yoga to QiGong. So we thought we should create classes where you can enjoy a calming class first, and then you can have the opportunity to take an invigorating dip in our beautiful lake, followed by jumping in our wood-fired hot tub to warm up afterwards. We can always add on pizza nights and wine tasting to the end of these evenings too, just ask for more details!
We will also be running our Sunday Lido sessions, where you can come simply jump in the lake and have a swim and read the newspaper or take a picnic (Supplied by Olive’s!) walk in the woodlands – a relaxing yet invigorating end to a busy weekend.
We will be running these classes from now, until September – and you can find out more about all of them on our website, and book in or email Helen or I (Keely) if you have any questions!
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