Happy Winter Swimming

Happy Winter Swimming

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.

Happy Winter Swimming

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.

Happy Winter Swimming

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.

Happy Winter Swimming

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.

Happy Winter Swimming

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.

Happy Winter Swimming

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.

Happy Winter Swimming

They have their own club on the territory of the former school of Olympic reserve.

Happy Winter Swimming

There are 50 members in the club. Only fifteen of them are males. The youngest ones are a family couple both aged about 30.

Happy Winter Swimming

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.

Happy Winter Swimming

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.

Happy Winter Swimming

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.

Happy Winter Swimming

Happy Winter Swimming

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.

Happy Winter Swimming

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.

Happy Winter Swimming

Happy Winter Swimming

That day the temperature was -15 C (5 F).

Happy Winter Swimming

Altyn has been swimming in ice water for three years. She prefers to be among those who live active life. The woman works in a dressmaking workshop, her colleagues are impressed by her energy.

Altyn runs in the morning, in winter she also goes skiing. But she complains that neither her husband nor three adult children want to go in for sport.

Happy Winter Swimming

Maria, a winter swimmer with eighteen years experience, shows her big warm gloves. She says that her body is not cold while plunging in ice water as opposed to her hands. But some people do not need gloves.

Happy Winter Swimming

The woman tells that it was stress at work that made her join the club. In a month she got used to winter swimming and found a new job.

Happy Winter Swimming

According to Maria during the procedure warmth is generated inside of her body. “It is an inner reserve that we do not use”.

Happy Winter Swimming

This man is already 61. Mikhail is an enginner in the naval sphere. He is the only male member of the club who agreed to be photographed.

Happy Winter Swimming

After swimming in ice water Mikhail likes to run along the river bank. He joined the club twenty five years ago.

Happy Winter Swimming

He decided to swim in cold water because he had problems with his respiratory system. Today he forgot about those problems. He says that people come to the club not only for curing their deseases but for strengthening their inner spirit.

Happy Winter Swimming

Though opponents of winter swimming say that such activity only brings people’s deseases deeper inside. That it is an euphoria accompanied with release of endorphins – hormones of happiness, which bring only temporary pain relief.

Happy Winter Swimming

Opponents are sure that winter swimmers eventually deplete their hormonal system. Winter swimmers have to do it every day or their deseases will come back.

Happy Winter Swimming

Happy Winter Swimming

But winter swimmers are sure that they become only stronger and their hormonal system is not depleted at all. Svetlana says she knows no person whose health became worse after joining the activity.

Happy Winter Swimming

Some people give up coming, of course. But the most devoted ones do not miss “classes” even on the coldest days. They swim in the Irtysh river even at -40 C (-40 F)!

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3 thoughts on “Happy Winter Swimming”

  1. What the mind could do to any human: thoughts in real life could change from one subject into the other; if you sick and real suffer with pain, may get involved with others which already one of them was taffy enough to proved all in the mind when is cold. Then for some of them mind of matter; won thought made them get real good from the sick problems them have had. Not everybody could do this; but some of them encourage the others to do what some have done. I studding the human behavior with myself and the others for decades, and still learning not just what the others doing, also with myself too. Most of what you may doing always in your mind; included food and sex, only could get stronger when laps for some time, which depend in the person behavior himself. Nobody is the same; and that have to do with the type of environment you’re passed past to you. A.Oscar

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