People have been taking dips in ice-cold water for generations, both for pleasure and for health benefits. It may seem crazy to plunge into freezing water for any length of time, but this video from the folks at DNews runs down some of the benefits -- and sets the record straight on the dangers.
In many parts of the world, a quick dip in ice cold water after a trip to hot water baths or a trip to the sauna are essential for good health. No-one is saying you should take a dip in the arctic waters of the Bering Sea just for giggles, but a quick dip in an icy lake after a hot steam bath or once in a while can actually improve circulation, make you feel more energetic and brisk even during those cold winter months, and can alleviate pains from rheumatism, fibromyalgia, and respiratory issues like asthma.
That said, there are dangers involved -- there's a reason why polar bear plunge swimmers get plenty of coaching and warnings before they dive in. Hit play on the video above for more, or check out the video description at YouTube below for linked articles and studies on the topic.
Why Winter Swimming Is Good For You [DNews (YouTube)]