There is something about lakes. They’re peaceful, they’re quiet. They don’t rush at you like the sea, but are content to just sit there, delighting our eyes and soul. The world has millions of them, from tiny grass-lined ponds to massive freshwater expanses easily mistaken for oceans, but some simply stand out more than others.
But why exactly is it important for us to swim in natural water as often as possible? Well, it…
#1 Stimulates and boosts the immune system
Research shows that swimming in the natural waters of lakes is a mild stressor and immune stimulant, increasing white blood cell count, an important part of our immune system. In fact, it’s been championed as a therapy for many health problems for centuries.
#2 Makes you happy
Spending time in lakes triggers endorphins that are self-made chemicals that give us the happy, satisfied feelings of well-being. As a result, it can significantly decrease both anxiety and depression serving as a great stress relief.
#3 Improves blood circulation
Lake water often activates cold sensors all over our bodies which in turn increase heart rate and give us that “alive” feeling. These senses can also trigger a sudden burst of adrenaline that diverts our attention away from our aches and pains, creating the feel-good factor. It’s effectively a natural painkiller.
#4 Takes us back to nature
Seven out of 10 people admit they’re losing touch with nature and more than a third of parents admit they could not teach their own children about wildlife. Pressures of daily life mean we’re increasingly detached from nature even though nature in many forms is there for us. Yes, like love, nature is all around – and it’s free.
#5 Helps us play (which we all need more of!)
According to the National Institute of Play, play generates optimism, seeks out novelty, makes perseverance fun, leads to mastery, gives the immune system a bounce, fosters empathy and promotes a sense of belonging and community.
Water brings out the play in us! We float, we dive, we see if we can stick our legs up in the air straight, we splash each other….
So next time you have to choose between an afternoon in front of the TV, or a trip into the outdoors consider these 5 points we’ve shared with you. And then make the decision to join us at Lake Bohinj for a truly magical … and healthy experience.