Cold Water Swimming - Jump in and Feel New
In the past decade the advantages of plunging into cold water have become clearer, and the number of people enjoying the invigorating feeling of being immersed in cold natural water have increased enormously.
At first, the thought of walking into a water temperature of less than 16° C can sound quite daunting for many, but that is in effect where the major problem lies, the human psyche. We have become conditioned, in the past one hundred years, to bathing in water warmer than 22° C, at public swimming pools or under the shower. Before hot water, humans always bathed in cold water.
Conditioning the human psyche to overcoming the fear of coldness is eighty percent of the trick to becoming a cold water swimmer.
Fear is essentially understandable, it’s something we can pin a feeling to, it’s something we can know is there.
Cold water swimmers know that the first twenty seconds of plunging is the most difficult for the human body to overcome. The breathing is erratic, the skin feels a strange burning sensation. It’s an uncomfortable situation. After two minutes the body becomes acclimatised to the new environment, and decides “Oh, this is not so bad after all.”
When leaving the water- after fifteen minutes or more depending on the individual- the person feels invigorated, with a new sense of well-being.
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The more medical research conducted, arguing the positive effects to the human body and mind of cold water swimming, the healthier people will be in general.
Cold water swimming is great for the mind and body - jump in and feel new.