It’s not long until the Loch Lomond Shores Spring Swim (20th March 2022) so we thought we’d tell you a bit about it and the benefits of wild swimming to see if you fancy coming along to try it for yourself.
At the event you can swim as little or as much as you’d like within your allotted time within the safety of the lagoon at Loch Lomond Shores. You’ll be safe, regardless of your ability and experience and under the watchful eye of our safety crew throughout. There will be safety timing chips for each participant to wear, buoyancy markers and manned kayaks used throughout by the team to keep you safe. You can sign up and find out more information about our Spring Swim here
So why go wild swimming?
Wild swimming in the UK is becoming increasingly popular with many taking to the open water, regardless of weather. You may wonder why it’s so popular and think those who do it on a regular basis are mad but, done safely, there are big health benefits to taking up wild swimming that include:
- Supercharging your immune system. Immersing yourself in cold water three times a week increases your white blood count which boosts your immune system.
- Mood booster. Wild swimming boosts your dopamine and serotonin levels and stimulates feel-good endorphins – an appealing thought after a global pandemic!
- Stress relief. Surveys of swimmers from across the globe show that the overwhelming majority find it relieves stress and helps them to relax afterwards.
- Improved athletic performance. Those who swim outdoors regularly find that it boosts sports performance out of the water.
- Burns fat quickly. The cold water promotes the formation of brown fat which quickens your metabolism to keep you warm, burning more energy in the process.
- Tackles fatigue. Submerging yourself in chilly water reduces your perception of fatigue.
- Pain relief. Cold water therapy is used by athletes to tackle muscle pain and minor injuries as a cold dip is an effective alternative to strong painkillers.