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4 Tips for Better, Safer Winter Swimming
Swimming in cold water presents a lot of challenges as your body struggles with the stress imposed by a hostile environment. Coldwater shock, brain freeze, and chest tightness are part of the winter swimming experience that can be avoided by following these four tips:
Wear Two Caps – It is well known that most of your body heat is lost through your head. Wear two caps when swimming in cold water to retain heat and, if you own one, a neoprene cap is better for freezing conditions than your standard latex cap.
Wear a Full-Body Wetsuit – Wetsuits are designed to use water along with the body’s temperature to keep you warm when swimming in the cold. They work extremely well if the correct thickness and type of suit is utilized. We recommend using a full-body wetsuit rather than a sleeveless suit which allows heat to escape through the armpits. Swimming in 50-60 degrees water will require at least a 4/3mm suit. Check out our Official Swim Partner, BlueSeventy!
Use Earplugs – Earplugs are a must when swimming in temperatures below 60 degrees. By sealing the frigid water from the ear canal, swimmers can keep their body temp up while preventing ear infections and cold water-induced dementia.
Warm-up – Just like running, it is important to warm your body up before hopping in the water. A proper warm-up of dynamic stretching and a light jog will help reduce the shock effect cold water has and allows you to get into your proper rhythm sooner.
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