Good News for Winter Swimmers

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.

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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-spi... more less
November 2004

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