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Cold water swimming for well-being

Billie Oliver (Centre for Public Health and Well-Being, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK)

Journal of Public Mental Health

ISSN: 1746-5729

Article publication date: 17 May 2021

Issue publication date: 21 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the health and well-being benefits of outdoor, cold water swimming.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper describes the personal experience of one cold water swimmer. It also explores some of the research literature suggesting there is evidence of the benefits to the health and well-being of people of all ages.

Findings

The paper explores literature suggesting there is evidence of the benefits of “blue therapy” to the health and well-being of people of all ages.

Originality

This paper describes the personal experience of one cold water swimmer. However, a growing body of published literature suggests there is value in “blue therapy” informing future social prescribing programmes.

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Citation

Oliver, B. (2021), "Cold water swimming for well-being", Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 20 No. 2, pp. 105-110. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPMH-02-2021-0027

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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