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THRILL TO THE CHILL

John Coningham-Rolls, vice president of the International Winter Swimming Association, explains the joys of cold water swimming

When autumn and winter are just around the corner and outside water temperatures creep downwards, the local pool’s balmy water and heated changing rooms become ever more tempting.

So why do some of us continue to plunge into our favourite swim spots throughout the cold season? Aside from the famous ‘feel-good factor’, usually verified with great gusto by every cold water swimmer you meet (honestly, if you haven’t tried it, do – you’ll see what we mean), research in 1998 by Dr T Grune at the Clinic for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Humboldt University, Germany, also suggests that consistent and short immersions in cold water may help our immune system.

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About Outdoor Swimmer

Welcome to the first issue of Outdoor Swimmer! We are dedicated to providing inspiration and information for people who swim outdoors – and for people who want to swim outdoors but haven’t yet quite plucked up enough courage to escape the confines of the pool. If you were a reader of H2Open, the former name of Outdoor Swimmer, we hope you will be pleased with the changes we have made. But don’t worry, we haven’t changed radically! We still have all the same great features we had before, but the changes we have made are those that were suggested by you in our reader survey. We will focus more on the social aspects of outdoor swimming and increase our coverage of wild swimming, as well as expanding our training section to include distance-specific plans to help you reach your swimming goals. We are also thrilled to have joined forces with the Outdoor Swimming Society to bring you reviews of all the best kit for outdoor swimmers. This issue we look at goggles, next month we will be reviewing wetsuits. Let us know what you think of the changes, and what you would like to see more (or less) of in Outdoor Swimmer. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor
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