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EXTREMELY REFRESHING: WINTER SWIMMING IN LAKE WÖRTHERSEE

January 2021

You have probably already read about wild swimming - its popularity has grown and grown, especially in the past year. We have the perfect location here to venture into wintery Lake Wörthersee under the guidance of our exercise therapist Nikolai.

This year, a new era of extremely refreshing, new self-discovery is beginning here at the Original FX Mayr. And the ice-cold water of Lake Wörthersee is the best place to start. Nikolai enjoys cold water swimming and has been swimming wintery laps of Lake Wörthersee for several years now. He knows the positive effects of this type of exercise, which has a long tradition in many northern countries. Swimming in cold water boosts immunity, improves circulation, burns calories, promotes mental wellbeing and reduces stress.

THE FIRST STEP IS ALWAYS THE COLDEST

The human body is a natural wonder. It can not only endure a lot and regenerate itself; it is also very adaptable. This is clear to see during cold water swimming. While the cold shock is still relatively high during the first few swimming sessions, the body acclimatises when it is repeated regularly. Of course, it takes a bit of effort to get into the cold water, but it gets easier each time and is worthwhile.

A STIMULATING COLD SHOCK FOR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

The immune system particularly benefits from regular cold water swimming. Stimulated by the sudden cold, it reacts by increasing the production of white blood cells (leukocytes). The cold stimulus also causes the body to release endorphins that have a stimulating effect on the immune system.

CALORIES ARE BURNED IN HUGE NUMBERS

Furthermore, the body uses lots of calories to generate heat while swimming. The heart goes full throttle to maintain the core temperature. And this also helps shed kilos.

SWIMMING SIMPLY MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD

The endorphins released during cold water swimming also put us in a good mood and make us feel happy. Many swimmers report that after a training session, they feel particularly relaxed, refreshed and stress-free for the day ahead.

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