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I’m going to lose some weight this year and then start the new year by joining Brien Lee for a dip in the pool.
I’d say, “Somebody has to do it,” but they do it every year.
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Posted by James Wigderson on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 7:18 pm Filed under Library & Pub · Tagged with Polar Bears
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I’m betting you were being sarcastic. However, if you were not and am actually considering a plunge next year … don’t do it, James. We’re friends. Losing some weight is a good thing, but consider these two points:
Q: Is Winter Swimming Dangerous?
A: The strain placed on the heart is not likely to be a problem for a healthy, fit person but may be dangerous for those with underlying heart disease or hypertension.
Q: What is Cold Water Shock
A: Rapid cooling of the skin triggers various heart and breathing responses. The heart rate can increase by 50% and blood pressure increase can increase to 175/93. Although a substantial strain on the heart, these changes are not likely to be a problem for a healthy, fit person but may be dangerous for those with underlying heart disease or hypertension.
I’m being serious.
James Wigderson Reply:January 17th, 2013 at 12:17 am
I do have a weight problem. I know, who would believe it? Anyway, the only way I would make the plunge is if I’m in definitely better shape than I am in right now. Obviously if I’m in the same shape then as I am now, I think it would be stupid of me to jump in, if for no other reason I might be mistaken for a beached whale and pushed back out to sea. (That said, no heart disease that I am aware of, no high blood pressure. Just normal signs of aging in the joints and vision.)
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