Swimming in COLD WATER

The post today goes about swimming in cold water and all the benefits that will bring you. Which are the real beneficial health outcomes of regular exposure to cold water and are they available to normal people?

Driving around North States during winter is one of the most fascinating things you could do. Greg and I decided to do a road trip from Boston to Niagara Falls, Vermont and Back to Boston. As a result, we visited around 9 different states, 3.200km driving and a breathtaking wildlife and nature that this country offers you.

From Lake Oneida to Vermont following an old route, we found lots of frozen lakes so obviously the purpose of swimming in a frozen lake was digging into my mind. I asked Greg how many lakes we had during the way and we had a few ones ahead. Some were completely frozen so unless you had an ice screw bundle to make a hole, it was literally impossible. However, we found the perfect spot and I started preparing myself physically but mainly mentally. Ok so.."Marina, I said to myself. Well, the moment has arrived. There is no time to look back. Do it but also think about the amazing and an unforgettable experience that you will have, right? So, LET'S DO IT!". You, NUTS.

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Swimming in cold water was not a pleasure at all. I felt the adrenaline running through my veins already. How come?

What swimming in cold water will bring to your life:

  • Boosts your immune system, increases in white blood cell counts and several other factors relating to the immune system.

  • For an all-natural. Winter swimmers talk a lot about the "high" they get from cold water - a feeling of well-being that´s so encompassing that it becomes quite addictive. The cold will also stimulate your parasympathetic system, which is responsible for the rest and repair. This can trigger the release of dopamine and serotonin. These neurotransmitters are a vital part of keeping us happy and low levels of them are linked with depression.

  • Gets your blood pumping, being hot brings blood to surface. Being cold sends it to your organs. Both extremes work your heart like a pump. Your body adapts to the cold with repeated exposure and this may improve your circulation, particularly to your extremities.

  • Improves your sex life, increases the production of testosterone and oestrogen in men an women respectively.

  • Burns calories, swimming in cold water will make your body work twice as hard to keep you warm and burn more calories in the process. For this sort of exercise, fat is your body´s primary source of energy and the increased work will increase your metabolism in the long run.

You CAN SWIM THE ARCTIC CIRCLE. If you like the challenge here is what you need to find all the information about it. Do not miss the opportunity. -> https://swimac.eu/en/

 

 

 

All the recent research comes, after I had the pleasure to know more about Lewis Pugh, the ice man, who recently said: 

'I've never come so close to the end' said Lewis Pugh.

Who is this Ice Man that everybody talks about?

Yes, he exists and he is Lewis Pugh who swam in the Arctic Circle with a speedo to raise awareness about the Arctic.

Lewis Pugh undertook a perilous swim to raise awareness about the threat to the Arctic - he says it almost killed him. He also added that when you swim in cold water you can’t just dip your toe in because it’s so painful you would never get in.

Recents studies agrees that the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet.

According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the average air temperature of the region was 1.6 degrees above normal in 2017. Parts of the ocean were 4 degrees above normal.

As a result, sea ice is melting from above and below.

Did you know that over the last 30 years the area of ocean covered by ice at the end of the summer - the so-called sea ice minimum - has halved?. The ice that remains is also thinner.

The problem is this: the white surface of ice reflects 80% of sunlight. But as it melts it exposes the dark ocean, which absorbs 90% of the sunlight. The ocean heats up, accelerating the ice melt.

For more info and how to support, take a look into the following website: https://news.sky.com/story/arctic-under-attack-why-the-world-must-act-now-11173140

 

You can find more information about the benefits of swimming in cold water here: 

  • http://thenextchallenge.org/cold-water-swimming/

And more about The Arctic Circle and how to support Lewis Pugh in his brave cause: 

  • https://news.sky.com

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Marina Martinez Sanchez