This is an excellent read from Rubymoon, (an international female team of women empowering women to live healthy and sustainably) about how Wild Swimming could be the secret solution to menopause symptoms. It talks about the 5 main symptoms of menopause and how wild swimming helps each one.
Wild swimming is a term that seems to be making a lot of splash these days. Although always popular with evangelists who have long hailed it as a serious life tonic, many have caught the wild swimming bug during lockdown. Whilst some remain sceptical about the idea of jumping into cold open water voluntarily as an activity of leisure, a study by the British Medical Journal has now proven the positive impact that wild swimming can have on our physical and mental health.
What is wild swimming?
Wild swimming, or open water swimming, is the practice of swimming in a natural body of water. Daniel Start, author of Wild Swimming says, “In our grandparents’ day, swimming holes were where people learnt to swim and congregated on a summer day – to paddle, picnic and play. Today there is a resurgence of interest in this traditional pleasure and people are learning to explore their rivers and lakes for swimming again”. Starts also defines that “there is something slightly naughty, a little bit scary and wonderfully invigorating about leaving your wetsuit at home, and entering open water with just your skin (and perhaps a swimming costume) between you and the elements”.
As an advocate for nature and active lifestyle, RubyMoon has been a huge devotee of wild swimming. Our founder, Jo Godden and her party of wild swimmers have been revelling in its benefits, specifically in helping with menopause. So how exactly does wild swimming help with menopause?
Menopause in a nutshell
The NHS defines the menopause as a major natural occurrence of ageing when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally. The menopause generally happens between the ages of 45 and 55, as a woman’s oestrogen levels decline, triggering a few other common symptoms in addition to the absence of periods.
5 main symptoms of menopause and how wild swimming can help
1. Hot flushes and night sweats
Hot flushes and night sweats are the most common indications of menopause. They are often described as a short, sudden feeling of heat that seems to occur from nowhere and spreads throughout the body – which can make your skin red, sweaty, uncomfortable, and disruptive for many. Some might even experience palpitations.
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