For Maria and Katarina cold-water swimming is a normal part of healthy living.
“Take a plunge and you’re good for several hours” says Katarina.
The process seems completely uncomplicated, there’s no screaming, no hyperventilation, or no sauna afterwards for that matter.
“It’s like a reboot, almost like a yoga session, therapeutic” Maria says. “And afterwards your head is clear”. Paradoxically she generally does not swim in the summertime, but prefer to be in the water winter time.
Katarina says she used to be a “badkruka” (”bathing coward”). It was during lockdowns in 2020 she became a cold water swimmer enthusiast to cope with the pandemic.
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? Cold water swimming is a simple, low-cost hobby with minimal gear needs. And the effects of it has been studied widely. The cold is not just beneficial for your physical health, but also for your mental wellbeing. Other good effects involves boosting your immune system, improved circulation AND making your body and mind stronger.
Winter swimming can shock your system and is not recommended for people with high blood pressure, heart- or respiratory conditions.