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BANISH WINTER BLUES

Keep swimming and dream big with H2open’s top 12 ways to help you keep motivated through the winter

1. Go for a Winter Dip

The nights are drawing in, there’s a chill in the air and the water temperatures are heading towards single figures... what better idea than a bracing outdoor swim? While it might seem madness, winter swimming aficionados say that it’s not only fun but can help combat depression, boost the immune system, circulation and even the libido.

Follow our tips for cold water swimming (below) and check out our gear guide (over the page) for all the kit you need to safely thrill to the chill.

2. Enter a Winter Swimming Competition

Do you like cake? Do you like silly hats? Do you like swimming? Winter swimming competitions are a great introduction to the world of cold water swimming.

International Winter Swimming Association (IWSA) competitions include the UK Cold Water Swimming Championships at Tooting Bec Lido in London and the Big Chill Swim in Windermere – both include short races where the emphasis is on fun rather than endurance.

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About Outdoor Swimmer

Outdoor swimming is not just about sport. It is about being part of a community, about fun and challenge, travel and escape from the day-to-day grind. It is about the thrill of feeling alive. It is being sat at your desk and dreaming of next weekend’s swimming adventure. If you find it hard to keep the thrill going through the dark days of winter, we’ve got 12 ways to help keep you motivated, including six top tips for cold water swimming. If you need something to look forward to, check out our Travel and Events sections for races and holiday destinations for summer 2017. Elsewhere in the magazine we hear from the Wild Swimming Brothers about their trip to Norway to tackle the world’s biggest whirlpools, and the truly inspirational Sarah Thomas talks to us about her mammoth 80-mile swim in Lake Powell. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.