At Swim.com we love swimming in the open water and we especially like partnering with innovative brands like Zone3. In recent years, there has been a boom in open water swimming with many discovering the freedom and escapism the open water provides. These mental health benefits have boosted the popularity of open water swimming as not just a form of exercise but also as a practice for better wellbeing. Plunging into the open water evokes a feeling of oneness with nature that centers the mind and provides perspective on the stresses of daily life. Diving deeper into these psychological benefits, we discover three key areas in which open water swimmers report an increased mental well-being.
- Firstly, a sense of self-confidence. Being in the open water, especially the cold water, is empowering. Recognizing your ability to do something so out of the ordinary is a fantastic tool for building self-worth.
- Secondly, when individuals swim in a group this provides a sense of community. For those who struggle with depression, a support network provides an increased sense of well-being.
- Finally, open water swimming is practiced outdoors making it a form of green and blue therapy. Exercise in nature is well known to enhance one’s happiness.
Thanks to products specifically designed to combat the cold water, swimmers can now experience the benefits of the open water year-round, not just in the summer months.
To get you prepared, both physically and with great open water swimming gear, we have launched the Zone3 Embrace the Escape 15k Challenge!
April 1st – April 30th
Swim 15k meters in open water or a pool (or both!). Swim as many times as you’d like throughout the challenge the complete the 15k challenge.
By completing the challenge, you’ll add a unique Zone3 “Embrace the Escape” badge to your Swim.com digital trophy case AND be entered to win one of two massive prize packs. Each prize includes:
- Aspire Wetsuit
- Heat Tech Gloves
- Heat Tech Socks
- Neoprene Hood
- 28L Safety Float
- *NEW Venator Goggle
Zone3 will also be giving away a $25 Gift Card each week during the challenge to one lucky swimmer that has joined the challenge.
Can’t wait until the end of the challenge and need some Zone3 products now? Head over to SwimOutlet and grab some gear!
Viewing this on a mobile device? Tap this link to be taken to the challenge on Swim.com.