Updated: Feb 10
Not only is cold water surfing proven to benefit our physical health, but also our mental health, which is more important than ever these days.
As humans, we have evolved over time to make life as comfortable as possible, wrapping ourselves up in clothing, sticking the kettle on for a warm brew, and did I mention central heating? What a dream!
Not to say this has made us weak as a species, but we are definitely capable of withstanding the cold more than we think.
Burns more calories & increases metabolism
By surfing in cold water, your body must work harder to keep itself warm, especially with all that extra rubber, adding to the resistance, you can burn more calories, which can increase your metabolism and overall stamina, so you can surf for longer!
Helps tackle winter blues
SAD (seasonal Affective Disorder) - Which can happen in the colder, darker months, due to lack of sunlight and exercise, which can cause sleep problems, anxiety & depression.
By getting out there and surfing, you will be hit with cold, refreshing water, releasing endorphins (our feel good chemicals) & adrenaline, which can help you feel motivated, regenerated and alive!
"If we always choose comfort, we never learn the deepest capabilities of our mind or body." – Wim Hoff
The shock of cold water to the body is said to help flush out veins, arteries & capillaries, forcing blood to the the skin's surface to help keep us warm, allowing us over time to adapt to colder water and to build resilience and tolerance.
Helps our body fight off viruses
Czech scientists have been said to discover that people who expose themselves to cold water for 1hr, three times a week had higher levels of white blood cells, which can help defend our bodies against viruses and other harmful bacteria - Yes body, you rock!
According to specialists, those who expose themselves to cold water showed higher levels of oestrogen & testosterone production, which can help to boost libido & fertility, who knew!