The Joys and Benefits of Open Water Swimming

Last year my husband spent every Sunday morning of the entire winter swimming in the sea. He estimated that water temperature got as low as 8C. Apart from three weeks when we visited Vietnam, and one weekend when we were away at the snow, he went for a swim in the sea.

I’ll be frank, I thought he was mad. While I lolled about in my pjs with my hot cup of tea, he’d change into his boardies and head into the water (with only a swimming cap for warmth). He’d return half an hour or so later, with purple lips and a shiver that only a hot shower would calm. But his eyes would be sparkling and you could see he was electric with adrenalin.

Then one day in October 2017 I read a really interesting article on The Conversation on the benefits of swimming in sea water. You can read it here if you’re interested.  Something turned in my brain after reading that article. [Read more…]