There are a lot of reasons why cold water swimming seems like both an excellent and a terrible idea. I’ve always been intrigued by this, as I love to get into the water even when it feels a little bit crazy (rainstorms, not ideal conditions, late at night), and have decided there’s no time like 2020 to challenge my mind and body with this activity. The more I learn about cold water swimming, the more I think it’s a perfect fit for me - someone who experiences periods of sustained and high stress, loves water, and has a constant desire to push and use the power of my mind to do both practical and random things.
I’ve gathered a few stories and articles to share main points from below, but in doing this research, I’ve learned so much about the culture and community around cold water swimming. Across cool-weather climates globally, people meet to swim and put their bodies through challenges that most would never dream of. They swim because they’re overcoming something painful. They swim because they were told they’d never be able to. They swim because someone once told them they’d never be strong enough. They swim because they’re a little crazy and they love the feeling. They swim because they love the water and/or they love to swim, regardless of the conditions.
But why do we even do this?
The list truly goes on, but here are some top highlights:
The more I dig, the more I recognize that there is a lot more to this and I want to call upon some of these experts to craft a local chapter of a legit swim club with intentionality. We’re going to take this slowly and carefully for the safety, enjoyment, and fullest extent of benefits available to us. We’ll determine what this “swimming” really looks like, are we staying in more than a few moments? Do we have to in order to get the benefits? Subscribe to our events or shoot me a note letting me know you’re interested.
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