Struggling to get out of bed on a winter's morning? Fear not: See how the Swedes capitalise on cold water immersion for recovery and vitality

This week Belinda is in the beautiful beach side town of Bastad at the Swedish Open, headlined by Australian Open Champion and Wimbledon finalist Angelique Kerber. This is a reprieve from the heat last week in Romania at the Bucharest Open.  

The North Sea is a beautiful backdrop to Stadium Court in Bastad at the Swedish Open

The North Sea is a beautiful backdrop to Stadium Court in Bastad at the Swedish Open

Despite the cooler weather in Bastad, the “Swedish Summer” sees many locals and athletes plunging into the cool ocean. Whether it is hot or cold weather, athletes use ice baths or cold water immersion to aid recovery. Immersing the body in cool water of approximately 12-15 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes helps sore muscles recover by flushing out toxins and encouraging blood flow to aid faster recovery. For more comfort use contrast with hot for 1-2 minutes followed by cool immersion for 1-2 minutes. Repeat this cycle 4-5 times. 

Cold water immersion or cold showers have also been reported to have other health benefits including:

- Increasing alertness and energy

- Improving immunity and circulation

- Easing stress

To kick start your day or the next time you have an intense work out, to aid those tired and sore muscles have a dip in the ocean, a cold bath or cool shower.  

For more information, follow this link to the Australian Institute of Sport's recovery centre: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaTHh59Y5bI&noredirect=1

Bastad, Sweden