Cold water swimming / by Tyson Pop

It's getting cold here in London. 

While most people are doing their best to stay indoors, there's a group of men and women who make the trek to Hampstead Heath each morning to swim in the ponds. Considering the water is gradually making its way down towards 5dg celsius, I was interested to have a chat with them about why they're doing it. 

Turns out, they had a few interesting reasons:

Improved immune system: Research suggests that due to the exposure to the cold, your body's immune system strengthens which helps fight off illness.

Lowers stress: Once you hit the water, nothing but the immediate reality of your situation is on your mind. When you're in that water the stress of work, home or whatever else is holding you down is gone. 

The buzz: Because cold water swimming pushes us pretty close to pain, our brain attempts to fight it off with a sudden release of endorphins. 

Better Circulation: When you get cold, your blood rushes deep into your muscles which clears out your veins and arteries. 

If you're interested in finding out more about the benefits of a cold water swim, watch this. If you're really into the idea, check out this documentary on Wim Hof. 

It doesn't matter if you don't have a pond nearby, just take a cold shower, swim in your pool or fill up your bath with cold water. 

It's uncomfortable initially. 

But your body will thank you for it. 

Go on. 

Give it a go.