There are so many perks to living in Huntington Beach, from the great school systems to wonderful year-round weather. But there’s one feature that makes both locals and tourists fall in love with this town, and it’s our beautiful coastline. Our beautiful sandy beaches aren’t just a staple of weekend fun, it can also greatly benefit your health! Here are five wonderful side effects of swimming in the ocean:
Increases White Bloods Cells
Did you know that swimming in the ocean can actually boost your immune system and make you less susceptible to common colds and illnesses? That’s because studies have found that cold saltwater swimmers have increased white blood cell counts, which is what our body uses to fight off infections!
Jumping into cold water can release a cocktail of chemicals in your brain such as endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin which all help our bodies feel relief from pain and also make us happier! Swimming in the ocean even just twice a week has been proven to help the long-term side effects of people suffering from Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, and Depression.
When a swim in the ocean is followed by a warm shower, the change in temperature causes your body to quickly circulate your blood from close to your organs to closer to the surface of your skin. Healthy blood and oxygen flow allow your vital organs, such as your lungs and heart, to function efficiently.
Burns Twice as Many Calories
Swimming in cold water works your body twice as hard because of a hormone called irisin which creates heat production from fat cells. If you’re looking to shed fat and swimming is your preferred form of exercise, ditch your heated gym pool and take advantage of our city’s beautiful beaches for your next workout!
Great For Your Skin
Seawater can provide some great health benefits, particularly for your largest organ, your skin! Research has shown improvement in psoriasis patients who regularly bathed in seawater. Seawater is also high in minerals, including magnesium, which is naturally exfoliating and can help keep your skin baby smooth.
So who’s ready to swimsuit-up and hop into the Pacific? We know we are!