How open water swimming can help you focus at work
Updated: Feb 23
As a keen open-water swimmer and cold-water dipper, I've found many benefits from swimming outside. I've seen an improvement in my well-being, energy, and sleep. My immune system seems to strengthen when I regularly swim during the cold months.
💻 Get away from your screen.
Swimming outdoors or indoors, for that matter, means you can take a break from the computer screen of your smartphone! You can sort through your thoughts and focus your mind without annoying distractions.
😴 Better sleep.
Open-water swimming can result in a natural increase in the levels of a particular hormone called prolactin in the body, which may help improve your sleep quality.
😁 Increased happiness.
Hormones that stimulate the thyroid have been shown to increase by more than 50% after swimming. Wild swimming has all kinds of benefits in regulating weight, body temperature, and muscle strength, but it also can improve your mood, making you both healthier and happier.
🤝 Expanding Your Social Circle
The social benefits are great! It's easy to find groups of open-water swimmers and cold-water dippers who get together regularly to enjoy a pleasant swim. You don't have to participate in the sport to race or even be competitive; you can do it for the sheer enjoyment of being out there.
🩸 It improves your circulation.
Cold water swimming flushes your veins, arteries, and capillaries. It forces blood to the surface and helps to warm our extremities.
😟 It reduces stress
Cold water swimming places stress on the body physically and mentally. Many studies have identified the link between cold water and stress reduction. Cold water swimmers become calmer and more relaxed.
🌊 Sea water contains skin-friendly minerals.