Everyone around Britain was complaining about how cold it was the other week when Storm Emma and the Beast from the East wreaked havoc on the small island. To be fair, it was one of the worst storms the UK has seen in decades, so the pandemonium around the double whammy of weather events was justified.
People layered up with clothes and chucked on their biggest, warmest jackets if they had to leave the house and weather the conditions outside. It wasn’t pleasant but we all dealt with it.
Well, one woman from Ukraine is here to tell us to shut up and grow a pair.
Inna Vladimirskaya runs through snow and freezing cold water naked, and says it keeps her looking and feeling young. She’s been doing this outrageous practice every weekend for the past nine years.
“Immersion in cold water makes the blood rush to the internal organs, activating their circulation, which helps break down fat and improve muscle tone,” the 32-year-old says.
“The walrus looks much younger than its actual age, because it spends so much time in cold water.
“Humans can reap the same benefits if they are prepared to put the hard work in. I just make sure I don’t stay in the water too long, and as soon as I am out I dry myself and go straight to my warm car.”
But before you take off your clothes and rush to your nearest or coldest body of water, it should be noted that swimming in these types of conditions can be deadly.
“Cold water shock is one of the biggest stresses that you can place the body under. Cold water kills and it kills quickly,” says Mike Tipton, leading expert in cold water survival from the University of Portsmouth.
“If you are lucky enough to survive long enough to die of hypothermia, you have done very well – most die in the first minute of immersion.
“Our instinctive response to sudden immersion in cold water – thrashing and swimming hard – is potentially a killer.
“It increases chances of water entering your lungs at a time when your breathing is out of control and you are gasping for air, cold water increases the strain on your heart, cools the skin further and lets air escape from any clothing, which then reduces buoyancy.”
So take note: while Inna makes her weekend exercise look fun and exciting, you’re probably not going to be all smiles if you take a dip during winter.
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