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13 Pictures Of People Ice Swimming

As the winter season comes to an end, people in Poland, Russia, Germany, and China decide to go for a dip in icy lakes.

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4. Russia

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A Russian man swims in the icy water during an ice swimmer's festivity in St.Petersburg, on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. The temperature in St. Petersburg was around 27 Fahrenheit.

6. Germany


A swimmer with a crown and trident enjoys the cold water during a traditional ice swimming session on December 23, 2012 in Lanke, which is north of Berlin.


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Winter swimming is especially popular amongst the elderly as it is believed to improve circulation and benefit health, and also said to increase the level of mental awareness, release stress, remove aches and pains, increase vitality and keep skin looking younger.

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