The magic of warming up

Updated: Dec 18, 2018

Like a dementor's kiss, winter swimming chills you to your core. Unless you want to shiver like a muggle, you need to perfect the subtle art of warming up...

People assume I'm good with the cold. I'm not. I dislike the winter, I hate feeling chilly, I'm a sleep-under-two-duvets kind of person. Cold water swimmers aren't rare magical creatures able to cook up a special potion that stops them from feeling the cold. But when it comes to warming up, they have perfected a subtle form of magic.

Feel the cold

The kind of cold you feel in the water is completely different to the cold you feel in the air. When you're ordinary cold, you feel it on your skin and perhaps your fingers. Warming up is simple: get moving so your body generat