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Winter swimmers in the Czech Republic

Time reports: Czech Seniors Stay Young by Plunging Into Freezing Cold Rivers

Among the most hardy of all the cold water swimmers is the group of pensioners who meet twice a week, whatever the weather, throughout the year in an old railway wagon at the bank of the Labe River in Pardubice, near a section of the river where the water is less than 20 meters deep.

For these senior citizens, some of whom are in their late eighties, plunging into freezing temperatures has its benefits. “Cold water swimming is as much a challenge as it is a health strategy,” Radek Kalhous, a photographer who has been capturing candid images of the swimmers, told TIME. ” It improves heart activity, vessel elasticity and the immune system in general.”

According to Kalhouse, the pensioners who swim in the Labe are hardly ever ill. “They are brimming with energy and optimism,” he said. “Local clubs are full of friends and the community is still growing. Cold water swimming is not just sport for them. It’s their lifestyle.”

According to Kalhouse, the pensioners who swim in the Labe are hardly ever ill. “They are brimming with energy and optimism,” he said. “Local clubs are full of friends and the community is still growing. Cold water swimming is not just sport for them. It’s their lifestyle.” More…

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The Daily Echo reports: As Hampshire feels the chill of an Arctic blast taking a dip in a freezing lake is furthest from most people’s minds. But for a host of athletes visiting the county this week we are enjoying the ideal weather for their sport. They are competitors in the first ever UK’s ice swimming contest.

The National Ice Swimming Championships, the Great Britain 1km Open, will draw in crowds to the Andark Lake in Swanwick this weekend to watch plucky athletes brave the icy waters in the new sport.

But residents will also be able to see if they have what it takes.

Run under the IISA (International Ice Swimming Association) rules, ice swimmers must take to water of 5 degrees Celsius or less wearing only a regular swimming costume, a pair of goggles and swim hat to stay warm.

This Saturday’s elite class – who have to undergo strict medical tests and qualifying swims before competing – will race the kilometre in a bid to qualify for a place in the world championships in Germany later this year.

The following day residents can head down to the lake to try the sport for themselves. more…

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Swimming in cold water—a popular Finnish winter pastime—increases the risk of strokes, according to a long-term study by Chinese scientists. Researchers compared death rates of winter swimmers and a control group over a thirty year period. Reports Yle Uutiset…

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Winter swimming has long been regarded as a healthy pastime in Finland, but a new study by Chinese researchers challenges that view. Studies over shorter periods have shown some health benefits to swimming in cold water, but up to now there has been little research on the longer-term effects.

…The study followed nearly 900 members of a winter swimming club. …The results showed that the winter swimmers’ death rates from heart attacks and strokes were 10 percent higher than would be expected according to statistics from the general population.

“This is a long-term study and the sample is large, as there were more than 900 people in it,” said Rintamäki. “When the sample is that big this is a clear difference, so sure in that respect this research was well-conducted.”

The study did not look at how long the Chinese swimmers stayed in the water. In Finland many swimmers only stay submerged for a few seconds at a time—longer periods are always harder for the body to deal with. More…

 

 

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CNN reports: Whether they’re sweating in the sauna or plunging into an ice-cold lake, it seems that the Finns love extremes. And with winter just around the corner, there’s no better time to indulge in the national pastime the Finns call “avanto.” The English translation for that? “Hole in the ice.” More…

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