Ice swimming reduces stress

If you want to reduce stress – try ice swimming! Take  a dip in ice cold water. It might be one of the best decisions that you make. Here are six amazing health benefits of ice swimming.

1. Your immune system will get better

The effects of ice cold water on the immune system are a fact. Due do studies we know that ice cold water helps to boost the white blood cell count because the body is forced to react to changing conditions. This is how your body becomes better at mobilizing its defenses. This is why so many people who participate in ice cold water swimming are rarely sick.

2. Reduce depression

Endorphins are what the brain produces to make us feel good about certain activities. Ice cold swimming is a form of exercise and this has been proven reduce depression. Swimming in ice cold water brings us close to the pain barrier. Endorphins are released when we’re in pain to help us cope.

3. Adapt to cold

Cold water swimming flushes your veins. It forces blood to the surface and pushes the cold downwards. Repeated exposure adapts us to cold. In older and vulnerable people, this is essential. It helps them to cope better during harsh winters.

4. Ice swimming burns calories

The heart must pump faster and the body must work harder to keep everything warm while swimming in ice cold water. This is why you´ll burn more calories.

6. Ice swimming or just taking an ice dip reduces stress

Reducing stress means you will feel better and more optimistic. Studies tell about the link between cold water and stress reduction.
Still wondering? Just try it!
Photo: Harri Tarvainen / Visit Finland

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