They do not spend money for medicines because they do not fall ill. These grannies look 15-30 years younger than they are without any plastic surgery. Though not only their bodies are young but souls as well. The secret of their health is ice cold river water in which they swim every morning.
For a woman aged 72 it’s nice to hear she looks as a woman of 50 y.o. Though Svetlana does not keep her age secret.
She has been swimming in the cold water for 32 years. Every day.
Svetlana had been suffering a lung disease before she turned 45 years old. Five years of winter swimming fully healed her. She started to sleep well and feel much better.
She recollects that she could not even imagine herself to swim in ice water. But she was impressed by those who could do it. When she plunged first the water temperature was -24 C (-11,2 F). She thought she woudn’t survive, but today she laughs when remembers this.
She retired but didn’t stop working. She is a construction engineer by profession. Five months ago she finally decided to leave her work and pay more attention to herself.
Last year she celebrated the 50th anniversary of her marriage. However she can’t persuade he husband to swim in winter. She says jokingly that her husband is a fisherman and he is afraid of falling through the ice.
They have their own club on the territory of the former school of Olympic reserve.
There are 50 members in the club. Only fifteen of them are males. The youngest ones are a family couple both aged about 30.
Another pensioner Nigima aged 40 was a teacher of physics. She had undergone heart attack twice before she enetered the club. Now she has no problems with her heart. Besides, she managed to get rid of cold allergy.
Now she does not dive into an ice hole, because her feet are hurting after the long walks in Germany where she travelled just recently.
She says her relatives call her crazy. But her son is a doctor and he advises mother not to stop swimming in cold water if she likes it.
Winter swimmers say that the main thing is to swim in ice water every day. Not a single day of rest! It’s the only way they can get both pleasure and health.
All beginners are advised to start swimming in a river in summer. They should gradually get used to water which is getting colder and colder.