The Beauty of Winter Swimming

Lake Bracciano, just outside Rome

This post has very little to do with the main topic of my blog but from time to time I like to talk about one of my favourite crazy things: swimming in cold water.

As I have already said before, I am a lover of winter swimming and, because I work close to a lake which is situated just outside Rome, I just cannot resist the temptation to jump into the water regardless of the season.

Today it’s November 22th and the temperature is around 10 Celsius degrees (not too cold but it’s very humid) but I couldn’t hold back from being the only human being swimming in this lake.

I have read a few articles about the benefits of taking a cold shower and swimming in cold water and it seems like cold water strengthens the immune system (or something like that).

I am not a physician and I can’t say anything about the scientific validity of these ideas but I can say that I have been swimming in winter for years and I never get sick.

I even take a cold shower each morning, even in mid-winter, and walk barefoot in the snow (it doesn’t snow often in Rome but we have plenty of snow-capped mountains around Rome) and I don’t get sick.

Swimming in winter is cool, you’ve gotta try it at least once….

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