I am a veteran of many cold water swims. Starting with deep ocean swims in California’s cold Pacific ocean. We often swam in 64-66 degree water because that ocean stays cold even in the summer.
Growing up with a swimming pool at home, I was swimming by the time I was five years old and my father swam almost every day until he was 72! He even swam laps with a racoon once!
When I moved to the east coast, I got a house with a pool, but the pool heater was broken, so I got used to swimming in the cool water. When it got below 50, I ordered a wet suit and swam in that. I also swam in the Polar Plunges for charity in the Chesapeake Bay.
Everyone else ran in and out — I kept swimming for about two miles. I even got a TICKET FROM THE COAST GUARD FOR SWIMMING TOO FAR OUT IN THE OCEAN!!
If you like a good buzz in the morning (or night), there is nothing like the cold water swimming, or even jogging in the water, and then a hot shower. What it does is the cold water closes all your blood vessels and capillaries, and the warm water opens then all at one time, so it is GREAT for your circulation. Here are a few other benefits.
1. It improves and activates your immune system, according to researchers. It also
increases white blood cell production.
2. The Natural High is actually an endorphin rush triggered by the cold water.
3. Increases your Circulation and eliminates cellulite (as a side benefit). It is very,
very good for your heart. In many gyms they have cold water pools for this reason.
4. It burns twice as many 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 rate will increase your metabolism in the long run.
Modern Science Confirms the Benefits of Cold Water
Modern science and numerous case histories support cold water therapy’s benefits for numerous health conditions, including frequent colds, insomnia, and high blood pressure. Cold water therapy can boost immune function, decrease inflammation and pain, and increase blood flow and metabolism. Researchers say it even shows promise for those with chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic heart failure, and some (non-lymphoid) types of cancers.