Swimming in temperature-controlled water can be very relaxing for the body. Worldwide, you can find examples of swimmers who enjoy taking a dip in a wide range of water temperatures. In Finland, for example, swimming in ice-cold water is considered beneficial to health. In Japan, the onsen or bathhouse is filled with water from hot springs and is believed to bestow health-giving properties on the bather. Swimming in hot or cold water has different effects on the body. Here, we break down the differences to help you decide which could be most beneficial to you.
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