FOR some people it can be the most fulfilling experience in the world – others the worst – but either way the benefits of swimming in the sea are unquestionable.
Although the sea swimming craze really took off since lockdown, the benefits were being enjoyed by people for centuries.
One of the great aspects to sea swimming is how is accessible it is, the social aspect of meeting fellow sea swimmers and the many physical and mental benefits.
We’ve covered the Health Benefits of Swimming in this BLOG.
In this blog we’re going to list our best eight benefits of swimming in the sea, along with some more information to help you get start.
So jump right in.
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The Benefits of Swimming in the Sea
Swimming in cold water flushes your veins, arteries, and capillaries. It helps to warm our extremities by forcing blood to the surface.
So basically, we become accustomed to the cold after repeated exposure!
Gives your immune system a boost
The immune system’s response to cold water has been extensively researched.
Because the body is forced to react to changing conditions, cold water helps to enhance white blood cell count. Your body gets better at activating its defenses over time.
Get a Natural High!
Endorphins are released when you swim in cold water.
The brain creates this hormone to help us feel pleasant throughout activities.
Swimming in cold water is also a type of exercise, and exercise has been shown to help with depression.
Swimming in cold water gets us close to the pain threshold and when we are in pain, endorphins are released to assist us cope.
Increase your Libido!
Yes, it really does!
Cold water has long been thought to suppress sexual desires, but truth is that it boosts your libido!
A little dip in cold water increases oestrogen and testosterone production, enhancing fertility and libido.
Greater libido has a number of advantages, including increased confidence, self-esteem, and mood.
In cold water, the heart has to beat quicker, and the body has to work harder to keep everything warm while swimming.
Swimming in cold water burns significantly more calories than swimming in warmer water.
Although it is a myth that drinking cold water improves calorie burning, it is true that cold water lowers your body temperature to the point where your body must react.
As we’ve highlighted above, you’ll meet loads of new friends in sea swimming.
There’s great camaraderie and community in sea swimming in Ireland.
Plus, there’s also the challenge which will bring people together too.
The effects of cold-water swimming on the menopause is also being researched. The problem is that it’s tough to prove that it’s the cold water that’s making a difference, because socializing and exercising both increase overall health and happiness.
What’s not to appreciate about that?
Swimming in cold water puts physical and emotional strain on the body.
The link between cold water and stress reduction has been proven in numerous studies.
Swimmers who swim in cold water become calmer and more relaxed.
Benefits of Sea Swimming as Exercise
Swimming is one of the best forms of cardiovascular, or aerobic exercise, because it uses almost every muscle in your body and raises your heart rate.
According to one study*, 12 weeks of swimming can improve the efficiency of blood being pumped through your body by 18% and because water is around 800 times denser than air, it’s great for toning up without putting stress on your joints.
It can even slow down the ageing process – scientists have shown that swimming three to five times a week dramatically reduces the risk of an early death.
Benefits of Sea Swimming on Injury
Swimming has a lower risk of injury than many other forms of exercise because the buoyancy of the water takes stress off your joints.
It’s a natural painkiller too – in one study of people with chronic lower back pain, 90% said that their pain had improved after six months of regular swimming.
What’s more, swimming has been shown to help reduce inflammation and help people suffering from osteoarthritis*.
Safety First: Benefits of Sea Swimming Ireland
Like all sports and activities, and especially when water is involved, there are rules and safety measures you should follow.
Remember, safety first!
Coming into the summer is the best time of the year to start as the water will only get warmer.
But either way, make sure you keep swimming to get your body used to the cold.
Open water is dangerous too.
Only swim in areas where it is safe, and make sure you can get in and out of the water quickly. Never go swimming by yourself.
Wear the right gear
Wear a swimming hat (or two) to keep your body.
Jumping into cold water unprepared can be dangerous and give you cold-water shock.
So get used to it before you go jumping or diving in!
Know your limits
Reduce the amount of time you spend in the water as the temperature drops.
Swimmers often only swim for one or two minutes at a time in the winter.
The general rule is that you can spend 1 minute in the water for every degree of water temperature – course, you must listen to your body as well.
Our post-swim robes are excellent for warming you up.
So why not take the plunge and start embracing the cold water and freeze sea breeze?
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If you do, make sure to stay safe and keep within your abilities.
And don’t forget to enjoy it.
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*Source: Amateur Swimming Association (ASA)