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.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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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 Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at