Benefits of Open Water Swimming
Wales boasts a selection of fantastic open water facilities with an abundance of lakes, rivers and coastlines to choose from. Without the restrictions of pool walls and lane ropes, open water swimming is the ultimate natural swim experience and has a number of health benefits that include:
Open water swimming can result in a natural increase in the levels of a hormone called prolactin in the body which is proven to help improve the quality of sleep.
Other hormones that stimulate the thyroid have been shown to be increased by more than 50% after swimming. This has all kinds of benefits on regulating weight, body temperature, muscle strength but can also improve your mood, making you both healthier and happier.
Boosted Immune System:
Open water swimming can reduce the potential over-production of certain hormones that can contribute to impaired immunity, in effect making your body more robust and resistant to infection.
Preventing and Managing Long-Term Health Conditions
Open water swimming can make other systems of the body more efficient and effective, improving your body’s defensive response to damage and therefore potentially reducing your risk of cancer, neurological disorders and chronic respiratory disease. It can also help improve the management of asthma and Type 2 Diabetes.