Tap Into Health: Tips for Winter Swimming


The times are getting shorter, and the temps are getting chillier, however we’re nonetheless seeing a ton of lap swimmers at Outdated City Scorching Springs. Why? The pure warmth of the Coronary heart Spring feeds our lap pool and retains it a pleasant 80 (ish) levels all through winter. The place else are you able to swim exterior whereas it’s snowing?

Swimming is a implausible, full-body exercise that’s straightforward in your joints. It’s additionally an excellent bang on your buck because it combines cardio, stretching and energy into each lap. Each muscle is engaged, and whereas the buoyancy of the water helps assist your joints and bones, the water additionally creates 360-degree stress in your muscle tissues, leading to a extremely environment friendly train.

Should you haven’t included swimming into your routine, give it a attempt. Although we’re heading into winter, it’s nonetheless a wonderful time to begin. Please don’t fret concerning the temps; we’ve compiled recommendations on embrace swimming this winter from a few of our members and workers.

Come ready:

• If you’re coming to the pool rather a lot, spend money on a swim parka. Swim parkas are often waterproof, so they’re nice for snowy days and fleece lined to maintain within the heat of your physique. They run to about your knees to maintain you coated up after your swim.

• Don’t need to stroll on snow or ice barefoot or trouble with snow boots whereas by the pool? Carry slip-on sandals for attending to and from the pool. Be sure that they’re non-slip.

• Carry two large towels to dry off with after your swim — one on your hair and one on your physique.

• Put on a swim cap in your head. Our head is the most important emitter of warmth on our physique, so preserve that warmth in.

Simply bounce in:

• You can be positive as soon as you might be within the 80-degree pool, however generally taking that first plunge is difficult. The longer you consider moving into the water, the more durable it’s. So, make the leap and go.

• Carry a pal and drive one another to hop in. On this case, peer stress is an effective factor.

• Begin with a strong warm-up to get your physique heated up quick.

• Wait till your physique is heat earlier than utilizing a kickboard since it will expose your again to the chilly air.

• Take a 5-10-minute sauna earlier than heading exterior to make the chilly extra manageable. You’re going to get so sizzling that your physique will relish the chilly. Keep away from soaking within the sizzling swimming pools earlier than swimming as being wholly moist and shifting from pool to pool is never pleasing.

Give your self a excessive 5:

• When you end your swim, head over to the jets in lane one as they’re pumping out heat water.

• Be certain to go for a dip within the sizzling swimming pools after to heat up and chill out. You deserve it.

In Scandinavia, locals purposefully go swimming within the freezing waters after which hop in a sauna or a sizzling tub. The tingly sensations skilled from warming your physique up after an icy dip are wanted, and a few say that it’s the results of your physique releasing endorphins. Subsequent time, you want a lift, linger exterior for some time after which benefit from the heat waters of the Coronary heart Spring.

Vanessa Corey is the advertising and marketing director at Outdated City Scorching Springs.