IS ICE SWIMMING BENEFICIAL FOR YOUR HEALTH?
Surprisingly the cold water stimulates your parasympathetic system which is responsible for rest and repair. This triggers the release of dopamine and serotonin. Along with the effect of endorphins and adrenaline from the plunge, ice swimming is packed full of neurotransmitters that are vital to keeping us happy. Some could say that you need to get off the anti-depression medications and just go jump in a lake. Low levels of the happy hormones can be quickly released in a big serge by exposing your body to ice cold water for a short period of time. The dangerous of this activity happens with longer exposures where your body can turn into a state of hypothermia.
Natural benefits and advantages of ice swimming:
- More vitality
- Improve memory performance
- Reduces pain associated with fibromyalgia, rheumatism, or asthma
- Increases your defense system
- Gets your blood pumping
- Enhances your sex life
- Burns calories
Looking for that quick fix? Swimming in ice cold water will make your human body perform twice as hard to keep you heated in response your body will need to use-up more calorie consumption in the process. For this sort of exercise, fat is your primary resource of energy and the increased perform rate will increase your metabolic rate in the long run making for a the ultimate sensation.
HOW DO I LEARN TO ICE SWIM?
The most important thing is to be able to swim. Once you know how to swim, the next step is to become comfortable with the cold water. Start slow just going one step at a time or just jump in quickly to minimize the pain. There are many devices you can use to help educate a person on how to swimming. In places where ice swimming is accepted, they use a ladder to climb down through a ice hold and into the cold water, swimming for as long as you can stand it before jumping out into a warm location, preferably a nice warm sauna.
WHAT ARE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH ICE SWIMMING?
The heart rate can increase by 50% and blood pressure increase can increase to 175/93, so for a healthy fit person, the strain placed on the heart should not be a problem, but for those with heart disease or hypertension or who begin the activity at an old age, might be at a risk. Staying in the water too long can cause hypothermia.
WHAT DO I NEED TO GO ICE SWIMMING?
- Webbed gloves – neoprene defends your hands from the cold.
- Neoprene swimming cap
- Neoprene footwear
- A large warm towel – needed when you exit the water
In reality, ice swimming is not as extreme or weird as one might assume. The benefits highly outweigh the risks. It is also believe that swimming in cold water keeps colds and flus away because it enhances the blood circulation, reduces stress and improves general well being. If you have never tried this sport, I suggest you beat away the winter blues with a nice icy dip. You’ll body will thank you for it!