Festive Wellness: Day 5 The power of sea swimming and a sauna Aisling Larkin modern lifestyle wellness

Sea Swimming

These are the things I do for my wellness… the fun, the real, the mundane… by sharing my 21 days of wellness with you, my hope for you is to see and experience that wellness is not facials and green tea! It is real stuff, simple & ordinary stuff that makes small and consistent positive impacts on my wellbeing. 

Yesterday, around 11am my phone pinged… “anyone up for a quick dip at lunch time?” 

Could I? Should I? I was swamped!

Could I not though? 

So I legged it down, dipped and was back to the laptop in 45 minutes. 

The benefits are exponential. 

I dip every week and I love it – so this was such a treat, I try to get in a sauna every Thursday when I take the kids swimming. 

The Science Sea swimming and sauna sessions are two activities often combined for their potential health benefits and the unique experience they offer.

Sea Swimming: Swimming in the sea or ocean has been linked to various health benefits. The cold water immersion can have positive effects on circulation, metabolism, and the immune system. Cold water swimming is believed to stimulate the release of endorphins, which can improve mood and reduce stress. Additionally, swimming itself is a great form of exercise, promoting cardiovascular health, muscle strength, and flexibility.

Sauna: Saunas are known for their relaxing and rejuvenating effects. They involve exposure to dry heat, which causes sweating and helps in flushing out toxins from the body. Regular sauna use has been associated with various health benefits, including improved circulation, reduced muscle tension, stress relief, and potential cardiovascular benefits. Saunas are also believed to promote relaxation and improve sleep quality.

Combining sea swimming with a sauna session creates an interesting contrast between the cold water immersion and the dry heat of the sauna. Many people find this combination invigorating and believe it enhances the overall experience and benefits of both activities. After swimming in the cold sea, entering a warm sauna can help to relax muscles and warm the body, and alternating between the two can create a unique sensation known as “contrast bathing,” which some believe can have additional health benefits.

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