I’m not normally one for outdoor swimming. The idea of heading to a lido every morning for a refreshing dip appeals to me but it is far too cold for this in the UK.
But if you enjoy outdoor swimming you’ll be happy to know that it is great for your health. A short dip can reduce your risk of heart attack and boost your cardiovascular fitness; on average swimmers burn 240 calories in just 30 minutes. Outdoor swimming has a meditative effect which can have an impact on your overall health and wellbeing.
Tempted? Don’t just head out to our local pond and jump right in. There are rules and regulations when it comes to outdoors swimming and they have been put in place for your safety. I suggest that you visit a proper outdoor lido where you can enjoy the feeling of being outdoors in a clean water environment. Most will also have changing facilities and warm showers nearby so you can clean up afterwards. If you prefer to be at one with nature there are various locations that you can visit around the country (check out this fantastic list here) or join in with The Great Swim – a series of outdoor swims that take place the UK in a supervised environment.
I may have even convinced myself to go outside and have a swim.