Good News for Winter Swimmers

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Nov 01, 2004

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Winter swimming improved general well-being among participants in a study conducted by researchers at the University of Oulu in Finland and published in the International Journal of Circumpolar Health (2004; 63 [2], 140–4).

Subjects completed questionnaires designed to reveal mood states and subjective feelings. At baseline, swimmers and control participants showed no significant differences. After 4 months of swimming between October and January, the tests were repeated. Compared with controls, the swimmers felt more energetic, active and brisk and had significantly higher vigor-activity scores. In addition to experiencing these feelings of well-being, swimmers who suffered from rheumatism, fibromyalgia or asthma all reported pain relief.

IDEA Fitness Journal, Volume 1, Issue 4

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About the Author

Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in L...