5. Boosts your blood circulation
Blood circulation is important for our health. We need a constant and smooth blood flow throughout our body to work and live effectively. The cold conditions of wild swimming will force your body to pump blood at an increased rate. As a result, over time, your blood circulation will naturally improve.
6. Can improve your immune system
It may not feel like it as you plunge into the fresh icy water, but wild swimming can also boost your immune system over time. There has been research that has shown those who regularly swim in cold water have a greatly increased white blood cell count – white blood cells are part of our immune system and the primary defence against sickness and disease.
7. Boosts your appreciation of nature
Swimming indoors isn’t really inspiring let’s face it. Alternatively, swimming in a lake surrounded by an epic landscape, or swimming down a gorgeous river is amazing. Swimming outdoors allows you to appreciate nature and bask in the beauty of our world.
8. Allows you to explore new places
When swimming in a made-made pool, you can’t exactly explore anywhere new. Sure, you might swim in a new pool, but this isn’t particularly interesting. Wild swimming, however, allows you to go far and wide and explore so many new places.
For example, you could swim down a river and find a range of quiet spots on the way filled with gorgeous landscapes and nature.
9. Gives you a challenge
Wild swimming also provides the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself. You may, for example, be a competent swimmer. But could you tackle swimming outdoors in cold conditions? Wild swimming pushes you further than you could imagine and can be an amazing challenge.
It can help you learn more about yourself and also allow you to test your limits to see what you are truly capable of.
10. Can help reduce inflammation and aches
Finally, wild swimming works as a natural anti-inflammatory. Immersion in cold water can help reduce inflammation, and it also helps soothe aches and pains. If you live an active life or suffer from regular aches and pains, wild swimming could be a great way to reduce those pains and live a healthier life without negative consequences.