Why you should be going for a lido swim

Fancy an autumn dip?

Fancy an autumn dip? We have it all covered in our guide, including the benefits for your health and well being and where to find your nearest lido. By Eleanor Sly

A bit of history… 

Lidos have been around since the turn of the 20th century. The name comes from the Italian lido which means beach. 

It’s thought that the British returning from holidays to Venice decided to name their outdoor pools after the Lido di Venezia there. 

They’re having a bit of a resurgence as people have been rushing there to get a bit of summer sun in a more vintage setting. 

That said, coronavirus restrictions forced many of them to close temporarily. On top of this, the number of people using them may well have gone down due to social distancing.

You may be thinking that a trip to the outdoor pool is a hobby to keep for the summer… 

While it’s true that it can be a little nippy you can still get out there and enjoy all the benefits of an outdoor swim. 

What are the benefits of cold swims? 

Even if the thought of getting into a 5 degree pool seems horrible when it’s already cold outside, don’t be too put off! 

A cold swim apparently has a host of health benefits including boosting your immune system, releasing endorphins (to cheer you up), improving your circulation, increasing your libido, burning calories and reducing stress. 

6 of the best… 

  • Tooting Bec Lido
  • Saltdean Lido
  • Bristol Lido
  • Brockwell Lido
  • London Fields
  • Bude Sea Pool 

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