THERE'S A NEW cold water swimming group in Orihuela Costa. The Winter Sea Birds & Buoys have taken to the rather wintery waves of Cabo Roig over the past few weeks, with the group advocating the benefits of bathing in the Mediterranean Sea at this time of year.
Cold water swimming, also known as cold water immersion, has become increasingly popular in recent years. This activity involves swimming in water temperatures below 15°C (59°F) and can be done in a variety of locations such as open water, lakes, rivers, or the usually welcoming waters of Cabo Roig's La Caleta beach.
While it may seem daunting to jump into uncomfortably cold water, the brave men and women of The Winter Sea Birds & Buoys maintain that it's not as unpleasant as might be imagined – citing some minor shrieking, followed by a growing sense of enjoyment and personal achievement.
Cold water swimming has many well-documented and medically accredited physical and psychological benefits that make it a worthwhile activity to try, particularly for people with a wide variety of existing medical conditions.
Cold water swimming has health benefits
Swimming in cold water helps to improve circulation. Cold water immersion causes the blood vessels to constrict, which in turn helps to improve poor circulation by forcing the blood to flow through smaller capillaries. This can help to reduce inflammation and improve overall cardiovascular health.
The past time is also known to boost the natural immune system. Cold water can stimulate the production of white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting off infections and diseases. This can help to boost the immune system and keep you healthy.
Winter swimming has been shown to help reduce stress levels and improve mood. The release of endorphins and other “feel-good” hormones can leave you feeling relaxed and invigorated. In some individuals, the activity can reduce anxiety and enhance emotional well-being.
Furthermore, when you swim in cold water your body has to work harder to keep warm, which can increase your metabolism and help you burn more calories. This can be especially helpful for those looking to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, and provides another compelling reason to give winter swimming some thought.
Winter swimming at La Caleta beach in Cabo Roig
Cold water swimming can be a rewarding and exhilarating experience, but it's important to take safety precautions. Always swim with a partner or in a group, and be aware of the risks associated with hypothermia. It's also important to start slowly and gradually acclimate to colder water temperatures.
A group swimming session on Cabo Roig beach provides a unique and fun way to meet new people here in Spain, and helps to build a sense of community, a shared social connection, and a strong sense of camaraderie and bonding. So why not take the plunge? You might just be surprised at how much you enjoy it.
You'll find The Winter Sea Birds & Buoys on Cala La Caleta beach in Cabo Roig throughout the winter season, meeting daily at 14:00. They're easy to spot, just listen for the screaming and laughing. Find out more information from their Facebook page.
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Photo credit: The Winter Sea Birds & Buoys