The Benefits of Cold Water Swimming

Entry #21

The Benefits of Cold Water Swimming

Posted on Monday, May 27, 2024

Dive into health and explore the invigorating benefits of cold water swimming with SHEILA.

There's something exhilarating about the initial plunge into cold water—the sharp gasp, the tingling sensation on your skin, and the rush of euphoria that follows. Welcome to the world of cold water swimming. While it might sound daunting at first, the benefits of cold water swimming are well worth the chill. Whether you're looking to boost your mood, enhance your health, or simply try something new, this is the refreshing plunge that has everyone talking.

Why dive into the cold?

We know, we know, we’re normally all about the hot sand and the sun's rays. But hear us out. Cold water plunging has its benefits. The first dive into cold water can be a shock to the system, but it’s a shock that comes with a reward: The immediate sensation of coldness quickly gives way to a rush of endorphins (the feel-good hormone), leaving you feeling energised and put simply—alive.

What other benefits of cold water swimming are there?

The health benefits of cold water swimming are as invigorating as the plunge itself. Mentally, it’s a stress-buster and mood-lifter, with studies showing significant mental health perks for regular cold water enthusiasts. 

Physically, it's a powerhouse: cold water immersion boosts circulation, supercharges your immune system, and aids muscle recovery post-exercise. Post-plunge, you’re left feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to conquer anything the day throws at you.

What do I need to bring? 

A brave face and your fave Sheila Swimwear—really, that’s it. Our recommendation? Our Mina One-Piece is your perfect pick for cold water plunging as the coverage adds an extra layer of thermal warmth (just like a wetsuit). Alternatively, pair the Nellie Scoop Bikini Top with the Alyssa Mid Swim Short for your hottest cold plunge yet.

How to start cold water swimming safely

Ready to take the plunge? We love that for you. Whether you’re ocean-diving or ice-bathing, here are some tips for beginners to ensure you can get the most out of cold water swimming experience:

  1. Go slowly

    Start with short dips in controlled environments and gradually increase your exposure to cold water. This will help your body adjust to the temperature and reduce the shock factor.
  2. Wear comfortable swimwear

    Invest in high-quality cold water swimwear like our Sheila pieces mentioned above. This will ensure warmth and support for your chilly adventure. We also recommend wearing a water-proof watch, that way you can track your progress (and let’s be honest, count the seconds with every breath!).
  3. Know your limits

    Listen to your body and don't push yourself too hard. We’re trying to hit the sweet spot of benefits, so if you start to feel too cold or experience numbness, it's time to get out. 
  4. Warm up gradually

    After your swim or plunge, warm up gradually with warm (not hot) drinks and layers of clothing. Studies show that your body benefits from warming up naturally, so let it do its thing and avoid sudden temperature changes to prevent shock to your system.

Ready to dive in?

Explore our collection to find the perfect swimwear and embrace the cold with confidence.