Have you ever tried to swim outdoors in winter? For most people, jumping into the freezing water seems insane. However, after being bored during the long-time quarantine, many people tend to try something new to activate themselves. And actually, winter swimming is not only a new challenge but also benefits us a lot. For instance, it can help increase your metabolism, promote blood circulation, boost your immunity, and, most importantly, reduce stress and enhance your mood.
However, while there are so many advantages of winter swimming, there are also risks. Some dangerous situation does occur if you jump into the water without preparation.
Here, this article will give you some tips to help you stay safe and enjoy yourself.
1. Before you dip your toes into the water
- Keep your body warm
Of course, you should keep warm in a low-temperature environment. But if you are on the road to swim, you should try your best to keep your body warm and in good condition so that your body can prepare well for the unpredictable cold in advance.
In order to keep your body comfortable and toasty, you can wear a Venustas self heating jacket. This winter outerwear is lightweight and easy to carry with. After you remove it, you can just put it into the bag, which won't occupy too much space. What's more, equipped with an extraordinary heating system, this self heating jacket can heat in minutes, in this way it can offer you warmth whenever and wherever you need. Also, you can take a blanket hoodie with you, which is more convenient for you to use while taking a break.
- Do a long warm-up
Cold-water swimming requires you to do a longer warm-up exercise than you usually would. Since you will put off your warm clothes and go into the freezing water, your body will need some time to adjust to the new temperature. Great warm-up stretches loosen up the muscles and promote the blood flowing throughout the body. And exercising a little longer will help you to adjust to the cold water faster.
- Drink more water
We don't often associate cold-weather exercise with dehydration, especially when we are swimming in cold water. The body doesn't get as hot, and sweat evaporates more rapidly in the cold air. Thus, we tend to think we are not losing fluids while in the water. Always have a water bottle with you and drink regularly during practice.
2. Don't get in and out of the water frequently
Getting in and out of the water is harmful for your circulation, as the temperature changes in a short time. Try to stay in the water the whole practice. If you need to get out, make sure to bundle up. You can wear your winter outerwear or put on the blanket hoodie. And when you get back in the water, do a short warm-up to promote your blood flow.
3. How to warm up after you swim
The very important thing you should know does not to have a hot shower immediately. Hot water can cool your core, which is really dangerous. Instead, make sure you have plenty of warm clothes, wrap up yourself with your blanket hoodie or self heating jacket and have a hot drink.
Cold winter swimming kit checklist
- Swimming trunks or costume
- Two silicone hats
- Neoprene gloves
- Neoprene booties
- Neoprene hat
- Tow float
- Changing robe
- Woolly gloves
- Woolly hat
- Winter outerwear
Swimming outdoors in the winter may seem daunting. But once you have a try, you might find it more interesting than you've imaged before. It can really be fun if you get well-prepared to protect yourself and your health. The tips above are just a few to get you started. If you have any other ideas, please feel free to share your ideas in the comments.
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