Ocean swimming can become a type of meditative therapy, instilling a sense of wellbeing and calm as you adapt and interact with the big blue.
Not only does spending time in nature create a strong sense of connection and wellbeing, but the exhilarating rush of the cold water also helps to improve autonomic nervous system function and help improve the body’s stress response.
There are many other unexpected pleasures and benefits to discover while immersed in the sea:
Ocean swimming can help strengthen muscles and ligaments, improve cardiovascular fitness, and provide a safe and effective workout, all while gently supporting your body, particularly injured areas.
Swimming is great to support rehab from injuries as it is low-impact, non weight-bearing, it actively stretches the body, offers a cardio workout and may promote nerve regeneration.
Studies and research trials have shown significant effects on mood from swimming in the ocean. Case reports have shown ocean swimming to have depression reducing effects and group trials conclude that winter swimming can reduce tension and fatigue as well as boosting memory and mood.
Sea water contains healthy minerals including sodium, magnesium, calcium and sulphate, that are known to boost skin health. Salt water can help skin conditions such as eczema and the magnesium is an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agent which can even help with acne.
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