Health benefits of winter bathing

Did you know that winter bathing can give an increased sense of mastery, prevent depression, lower blood pressure, increase blood circulation and prevent inflammation in the body?

Text: Tina Hage

Studies show that regular cold exposure trains you mentally to withstand challenging situations in life.

Many winter bathers report that they feel a rush of happiness after exposure to the cold. This is because the body releases large amounts of adrenaline, serotonin and endorphins. These hormones have a de-stressing and uplifting effect on the mood. A short bath of 20 - 30 seconds can actually give you a feeling of happiness for several hours afterwards.

Winter swimming is not for everyone. If you are pregnant, have epilepsy, heart disease or other serious illnesses, we recommend that you consult a doctor first.