With our health more important than ever right now in the world, more and more people are becoming open to looking at alternative methods to increase their general physical and mental health. 2021 took a big toll on everyone, both physically and mentally. During the past two years, and various lockdowns, access to our gyms, pools, and sports centres were limited or removed, and many people turned to cold water sea swimming for their daily exercise.
The past two years have seen such a rise in cold water swimming, that it is now one of the fastest-growing outdoor activities in the UK. Swimming in the sea is nothing new, especially for locals here in Newquay, however more now than just a fun pass time, there is actual science behind consistent exposure to the ocean.
If you are looking for a boost in your physical or mental health, or are just curious to find out what the buzz is all about, here are our top 5 benefits from cold water sea swimming:
Boosted Immune System.
Scientific studies have found that exposure to cold water increases the amount of white blood cells in your body. These blood cells protect your body against diseases. Researchers believe that this process is related to an increased metabolic rate, which stimulates the immune response.
As we approach Christmas the perfect opportunity awaits to try your hand at cold water therapy with the New Years Day swim down on Fistral Beach just a short walk from the hotel. Join in with the many locals as the beach is awash with smiling faces and cold toes!
Helps to combat Depression and Anxiety.
Depression has been linked to a lack of Serotonin and Dopamine, both of which increase when the human body is exposed to cold water. Cold exposure increases levels of norepinephrine and dopamine in the bloodstream by as much as 530% and 250%, respectively. Low levels of norepinephrine have been linked to poor mood, brain fog, and lack of focus.
As you will see on any of the faces of the countless swimmers down at Newquay Harbour in the morning, the euphoric feeling may cause instant happiness!
The science is simple, your body reacts to the cold temperatures by directing blood away from your extremities to protect the organs in your core.
The low blood flow to your limbs decreases inflammation and allows muscles to recover much quicker. A bracing dip can give you all the benefits of an ice bath.
Swimming in open water – especially seawater – may have beneficial effects on your skin. Saltwater is awash with magnesium, calcium and potassium which is all good news for the skin. Seawater is also a mild antiseptic and may encourage damaged skin to heal.
The Post Swim Feeling.
The fabled after swim high is a real thing, as the mix of exercise and cold-water exposure triggers a release of dopamine, the bodies feel good hormone. If you swim with a friend or in a group, the chance to share and compare your experience with like-minded people intensifies the experience.
Newquay is home to several cold water swimming groups and spoilt for choice with several beautiful cold water dip spots.
As winter approaches the temperatures will begin to drop allowing the perfect time to try this ever-growing activity for yourself. If you would like to book a Winter Stay here in Newquay be sure to check out our WINTER WARMER OFFER. For more details please visit the link below:
Disclaimer: Always partake with a friend or group and only if you feel comfortable in the water.