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IT’S OK ONCE YOU’RE IN: A defence of winter swims

I know the title of this article makes no sense.

I know that usually the words winter and swims don’t particularly go together but hear me out for a red hot minute.

I know that you might wake up in the morning, especially in winter and cling to the last moments of warmth you have. The kind where you’re cocooned by that electric blanket you decided to splurge on, and the person sleeping next to you is both a) someone you care about and b) of those perpetually warm people.

You hate them in summer but winter is, of course, another story. If you are one of the people I’ve just described then I am assuming that even the title of this article gives you the shivers, let alone actually considering what it’s asking you to do – go swimming in winter that is. 

Some people think that winter swims, especially morning winter swims, are just for hungover/still drunk 19 year-olds with nothing else better to do with their time but wallow in their own self-pity.

This is of course wrong.

You’ve all seen the die-hard winter swimmers, and I can bet they are at least double your age. This is meant as a compliment to the select group I’m talking about, as well as a subtle poke in the ribs for everyone lying in bed complaining about how cold the weather is, and how annoying their life is.

Winter swims are for everyone, and winter swims will not only make you feel amazing but will also make you appreciate your hometown like you’ve never appreciated it before. 

Let’s consider the benefits.

Every single time you’ve walked down to the beach, or mustered up the courage to get up early in the morning and go for a stroll, your day turned out pretty ok, amirite?

Also, you probably noticed that everyone you passed, waved good morning and wished you on your way with a smile. This can be too much for people sometimes, but it’s nice every once in a while. 

The water itself? Yeah look, it’s cold sure. But… it’s often warmer in the water these days than it is out of it so why not shock your body back to equilibrium and try something a little new this winter?

We’ve just seen July tick over on the calendar, now is the perfect time to push yourself, really challenge yourself, and get psyched for summer in a way that only the bravest among us are prepared to do.

If you give it a crack, then you too can be one of those diehards, telling everyone at the pub on Friday night, that there was no way it was 6 degrees in, because you’ve felt colder. 

Written by Laura Kebby

I write words about talented people doing talented things, and translate chatter by putting pen to paper.