Cold Swimming to Wake Up Fitness

Jump start a fitness shift this spring with some outdoor swimming!

Photo by Todd Quackenbush on Unsplash

It’s that time of year again and I just can’t help myself. “I need to get more fit!” is a nagging inner mantra that I’ve been trying to ignore. I’ll admit it, the past couple years I have let my fitness fade. I figured, with everything going on in the world, no one was watching. At the same time, my appreciation for health and wellbeing is on the rise. So I am ready to make a shift and take action towards renewed fitness. But I know that I need something fun to get me to pay attention and make it a regular habit. My idea may seem a bit crazy, but hear me out. I am going to combine my love of swimming with my curiosity about Wim Hoff and his Iceman antics. Cold water being a super source of health and vitality for our bodies. Looking out at our winter pool, I thought -why not clean it early for some cold outdoor swimming? I read that between 10–15 degrees Celsius is a fair cold temperature to try. So here in southwestern France, the timing is good. The ridiculousness of my idea is a perfect distraction. I won’t get bogged down in boring weight loss tedium. My focus will be on -being able to do it- swim regularly in the cold pool. And then being able to do it longer. I’ll bet a pretty penny that by just doing that, my fitness shift will start to take form. Just imagine the burst of energy after dipping into a cold swim!

And for more about using Atomic Habits in outdoor swimming here is another medium article by Simon Griffiths: https://simon-griffiths.medium.com/how-to-apply-atomic-habits-to-outdoor-swimming-6f7e65aae500

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Kristi Sansé

Kristi Sansé

An American living in the French countryside renovating an old farmhouse with my husband and finding time to write about things as I see them.