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18th Dec 2023

6 benefits of sea swimming to convince you to go for a pre-Christmas dinner dip

Katy Thornton

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If you haven’t dipped your toes into this trendy activity already, this might just persuade you.

If you’re thinking about implementing any new traditions this year, like heading for a swim into the Irish sea or the Atlantic, here’s what you need to know.

Robyn Hatton, Bikini Competitor and Online Wellness Coach has explained why making time for a cold dip is actually very beneficial.

“Cold water therapy, also known as ‘cold water immersion’ involves immersing the body in cold water for a short period of time.”

This practice is linked to a variety of health benefits, including:

Reduced Inflammation & Muscle Recovery

One of the benefits of a Christmas Day swim is the fact that it’s basically cold water therapy.

This may help reduce muscle soreness and inflammation in the body after intense physical activity. It constricts blood vessels and lowers metabolic activity, which can reduce swelling and tissue breakdown.

Mood Enhancement

Cold water therapy can also cause an increase in levels of endorphins or bodies produced therefore it’s our body’s natural mood lifters coming into play. This can boost positivity and reduce symptoms of depression.

Improved Sleep

Some individuals find that cold water therapy, especially when taken before bedtime, can promote relaxation and improve sleep quality.

Stress Reduction

A cold swim may activate the body’s stress response, leading to increased tolerance to stress over time.

Skin and Hair Health

Cold water can constrict blood vessels and reduce puffiness, which may contribute to healthier-looking skin. Additionally, cold water exposure may improve hair health and shine.

Increased Endurance

Regular cold water therapy has also been suggested to potentially improve endurance by enhancing our cardiovascular strength therefore increasing the body’s tolerance to stress on the cardiovascular system overtime.

“It’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional, especially if you have any pre-existing health conditions, before incorporating cold plunges into your routine,” Hatton advises.

“Additionally, it’s crucial to start gradually and not push the body into extreme cold exposure without proper acclimatisation.”

This article originally appeared on HER

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