Swim in the cooler weather to stay well!

It is a popular and frustrating misconception that swimming in winter will increase the chances of our children becoming unwell – in fact, the opposite is true. Exercise is good for winter immunity for the following reasons:

1. Physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. This may reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu, or other airborne illness.
2. Exercise causes changes in antibodies and white blood cells (the body’s immune system cells that fight disease). These antibodies or white blood cells circulate more rapidly, so they could detect illnesses earlier than they might have before.
3. The brief rise in body temperature during and right after exercise may prevent bacteria from growing. This temperature rise may help the body fight infection more effectively. (This is similar to what happens when you have a fever.)
4. Exercise slows down the release of stress-related hormones. Some stress increases the chance of illness. Lower stress hormones may protect against illness.

Always exercise common sense and rug up and stay warm after swimming to enjoy the benefits of swimming in the cooler weather!