10 Brilliant Reasons Why You Should Try Open Water Swimming

Open Water Swimming

I love Open Water Swimming here are my favourite reasons why you show give it a go too.

1. Open Water Swimming is a great workout because you need to move your whole body against the resistance of the water. Swimming is a good all-round activity. It keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body. builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness.
 
2. Being immersed in water is a great stress reducer. Swimming allows you to relax, escape reality and switch off from the rest of the world. Swimming releases feel-good hormones called endorphins. Released into your bloodstream, leaving you with a natural post-workout high.
 
3. Swimming is good for you. It not only works your shoulders and legs, but your chest, back, core. Water has twelve times the resistance of air, you will soon notice the difference in your body.
 
4. No more crowded lanes
 
5. No more slow swimmers
 
6. Open Water Swimming has a huge list of physiological benefits. Immersion in cold water, even for a very limited period of time:
 
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Burns cellulite and fat
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Reduces cholesterol levels
7. Open Water Swimming is a relaxing yet exhilarating experience. Swim as nature intended with plenty of stimulus to keep your mind occupied. It’s recommended to swim in a lake in a controlled environment first before trying out the ocean.
 
8. Exposing your body to cold water requires more heat to warm you up. So, your body has to process more energy, helping your body burn more fat and increase metabolism. You will burn many more calories per hour in cold water than in warm pool water.
 
9. Open water swimming can be good a healing technique. Often used among athletes to help with injury and muscle pain. Swimming in cold water can help reduce chronic pain, body aches and inflammation. The cold water can also help regulate the nervous system and improve circulation.
 
10. Stinking of chlorine will become a thing of the past.
Check my much older article giving a few reasons why I swim!
Below I’ve added some of the top pieces of kit I use all the time. Your nearest Open Water Swimming spot is a CLICK away.