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Published on: Galway Simon Community News

Dip a Day Feature: The Benefits of Cold Water Swimming

Since Covid-19 there has been a huge emphasis on physical and mental well-being. People have become more aware of how important it is and are starting to incorporate little actions into their daily lives to improve these areas. Cold water swimming is an activity that can really benefit your body and mind. Whether you have only been for a cold water dip once or if it’s part of your daily routine, these benefits will be of interest to you!

Boosting Wellbeing

Above all else, cold water swimming improves your health and wellbeing by relaxing the body and mind. It activates endorphins – the essential brain chemicals that gives us that feel good factor! It can help to reduce stress levels, improve sleeping patterns, and can be considered as a form of meditation.

Strengthening your Immune System

We all need to keep our immune systems strong, especially these days time, and it just so happens that plunging into cold water has been proven to be an effective way to do so! Studies show that regular cold water swimmers can develop stronger immune defences as a result of the white blood cell count which is boosted as the body is forced to react to changing conditions.

Improving Skin

Swimming in open water – especially sea swimming – can have improve your skin. Salt water contains lots of skin friendly vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium. It’s also a mild antiseptic and can act as a great healer.

Enhancing Fitness

Cold water swimming makes the heart pump faster and the body burn more calories as it has to work harder to keep you warm.

Socialising and Making New Friends

Cold water swimmers are known for their great sense of community and camaraderie. There’s nothing quite like the challenge of plunging into cold water to bring people together for a unique shared experience.

Are You Ready to Take the Challenge?

Whether you’ve never taken the plunge before, or are a seasoned sea swimmer, we have the perfect opportunity for you to reap the many benefits of cold water swimming – take part in our brand new Dip a Day in May challenge! It’s is a great way to get active, a chance to meet new people, improve your physical and mental health and above all have fun!

Check out our Dip a Day in May event page for more information and join our dedicated challenge Facebook Group by clicking the button below.