The Benefits of Outdoor Swimming

Outdoor and open water swimming isn’t just for the hardcore swim enthusiasts, but it’s for everyone if you’re ready to take the dive (quite literally).

There are many mental and physical health benefits that come with swimming outdoors, keeping active being the most obvious and popular benefit. If you’re a lover of the water, or you’re slowly getting into swimming and like a challenge, you’ll be pleased to know that the sport offers much more than water fun and keeping fit. Here we share with you why outdoor swimming is great for the body, mind, and soul.

Having trouble sleeping? – You can swim your troubles away

There are many of us that unfortunately suffer from insomnia and it is something we can’t necessarily control. However, outdoor swimming can potentially help with the issue. Researchers and sports enthusiasts have all agreed that exercise improves sleep and swim laps are the perfect mind and body workout. It’s quite common for athletes to experience ice baths after workouts and matches to relieve muscle soreness, this is because our parasympathetic systems have the major responsibility for rest and repair and it is stimulated by cold water! You’ll hear quite often that cold water swimmers sleep quite well after a quick dip. The Newest Way to Beat Insomnia article provides insightful tips and information to help you sleep better.

It boosts your immune system

outdoor swimmingThere’s nothing quite like an immune booster and for swimmers, diving into ice cold water causes quite a shock to the system. It’s been proven that when immersed in cold water at least a few times a week, it increases white blood counts that help boost your immune system and fight infection. This is done when antibodies are activated, and it, therefore, increases metabolic rate too.
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Swimming has a huge effect on the circulatory system – when cells in the body receive blood and oxygen regularly, they function and perform much better and essentially remove toxins. Overall, it helps protect and secure your body’s health and wellbeing.

Swimming helps increase your metabolism

We’re all aware swimming is a great exercise, but it might just be the favourite for burning extra calories! Being active in cold water means that your body has to work twice as hard to keep you warm and get your body back to its normal temperature. It’s quite impressive when we think about what our bodies are able to do! So, while you take on a few swimming laps, remember that not only are you increasing your fitness, you are increasing your metabolism too. We have a few nutrition tips to help kickstart your swimming journey.

It’s great for the skin

It’s no doubt that we all appreciate good, clear skin and water plays an important role in that. Cold water has an exfoliant effect on the skin which helps it appear clearer and smoother. As briefly mentioned in the point above, cold water improves circulation and helps flush out impurities. If you’ve ever noticed, when we’re quite cold, blood rushes to the surface of the skin which actually creates a glow effect. So, you can power through the cold for outdoor swimming and have fabulous looking skin after! It’s a win-win really.

Lose weight

open water swimmingSwimming is one of the most fun sports today and is one of the easiest to participate in. Outdoor swimming provides you with an open space and more freedom, so you don’t have to watch others around you in fear of getting in their way. It is perfect for those looking to lose a bit of weight or to just generally become more active as it burns fat more efficiently. Why go for an hour-long run when you can spend an hour in calm, stress-free water and burn more calories? To top it off, it’s an all over body workout and a pretty fun one at that!
Furthermore, if you are a beginner looking to get started with outdoor swimming, we highly recommend open water swimming wetsuits, so your body is partly protected from the cold it is not used to.

Outdoor swimming has many more benefits and is a joyous activity we encourage everyone to try and get involved in. It’s a cost-effective and therapeutic process which is able to benefit many different types of people. Feel free to let us know what you swim for, or if you need a bit of guidance when it comes to choosing the right swim gear, we’d be more than happy to help.

We also work closely with Swim Heron and have a pop-up shop at their location, so you can shop for stylish wetsuits and experience open water swimming in the stunning Heron Lake - the perfect open water swimming venue.

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