Cold Water Exposure
One thing a number of the staff have committed to taking up through lockdown is jumping in the sea everyday. Cold exposure is incredibly good for you, but very much like a tough workout, can be rather daunting.
We do find ourselves questioning our decision as we stare out at the winter sea from Gylly, however, this is quickly forgotten!
The list of benefits of exposing yourself to cold water are long, from physical to mental. But not only is it good for you, it also makes you feel incredible!
Here’s why cold water exposure is so aweomse:
Boost in energy levels
Reduces exercise induced Muscle soreness
Give us an endorphin release (happy hormones)
Boots Testosterone (important for men & Women)
Increases your metabolism
Improves your circulation
Improves Immune function
Builds mental resilience
If you don’t fancy early morning sea dips, you can experience the same amazing benefits at home in the shower! The advantage of utilising cold showers is the ability to ease yourself into the cold. We would advise starting with a hot shower and turn the temperature down at the end of your shower.
Whether in the sea or at home, we advise slowly increasing the length of time exposed to the cold. Start with 30-60s and increase slowly over time. Try to focus on slowing your breathing and relax the body as much as possible.
However daunting it may be to start cold water exposure, we urge you to give it a go!