Winter bathing: is cold water the secret to Danish happiness?


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When temperatures drop, the last thing on most people's minds is to go outside, strip off and take a plunge into near freezing water.

That is, however, what a large percentage of the Danish population do each winter.

Why on earth would someone choose to do this?

Well, it turns out that the benefits to doing so are pretty convincing, and not just for the physical aspects of helping you burn more calories.

Sam and Josefine are joined this week in the studio by journalist Saskia Weneit.

Saskia spoke to many experts and enthusiasts in researching this topic, including:

During the episode we cover all sorts of interesting aspects of winter bathing:

  • What it actually is
  • The physical health benefits of winter bathing
  • The mental health benefits of winter bathing
  • The history of winter bathing in Denmark
  • How it has entered local politics
  • How you can get started
  • How to winter bathe safely

as well as Sam and Saskia's experiences winter bathing as they try (unsuccessfully) to convince Josefine to try it out...

Thanks to ECO Hotels for hosting us at Guldsmeden Hotel in Copenhagen.

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