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We’re awash with anecdotal evidence that outdoor swimming helps promote good mental health. As temperatures drop, Rowan Clarke explores the feel-good factor around taking a dip in cold water ahead of Mental Health Awareness Day on 10 October
Winter swimming at Hampstead Ponds


It’s easy to count the physical benefits of swimming. But arriving at outdoor venues to improve fitness, train for events, or enjoy non-weight bearing exercise, outdoor swimmers have discovered something more – incredible benefits for mental health.

As word spreads about these benefits, more and more people take to the water during the colder months to improve their wellbeing. And while the anecdotal evidence is compelling, science is really only just starting to unpick the physiological reasons why a chilly dip is so curative.

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In our October issue we look at the hot topic of cold water swimming and whether it can help beat depression and find out how to get back your swim mojo if you need a motivation boost. Plus we test all the latest pool training gear; swim in wild waters in Norway, the Bahamas and Italy; and delve into the swimming history of America's smallest state. And we share more of your inspiring stories, photos and swimming adventures.