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SOURCE serpentineswimmingclub.com, hackney.gov.uk, medium.com

OLOGY

POOLED RESOURCES

Bernadette Russell makes a splash at the capital's copious watering holes

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eing in or around water is a perfect
therapeutic experience for body and
soul. It's hugely tempting to dash off to
the nearest beach when the summer
arrives, but London is full of beautiful (and
affordable) outdoor swimming opportunities,
perfect for a bit of precious alone time before
your hectic day begins.
Even if you just manage it once, get up at
dawn, watch the sun rise, listen to the birdsong,
then go for an outdoor swim before it gets busy.
Swimming is an incredible workout, combining
strength and cardio. It also boosts your mood,

155

Years the Serpentine
Swimming Club has
been in existence

18

Years locals fought to
keep the 50m London
Fields Lido open

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Ponds on Hampstead
Heath. Three are
just for swimmers

60m

Length of the steellined, unheated
Parliament Hill Lido

releasing endorphins (feel- good happiness
hormones). The sight of water makes us feel
more at peace, too; our biological connection to
it (70 per cent of us is made up of water) triggers
that rush.
You don't need to be an incredible swimmer;
just splashing about or dipping your toe in is a
wonderful act of self care, and a simple act of
kindness if you invite a friend. I'm attempting to
visit all London's outdoor swimming spaces this
summer, so I might see you there...
Bernadette's latest book, The Little Book
of Wonder (£7.99, Orion Spring) is out now

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http://www.medium.com http://hackney.gov.uk http://www.serpentineswimmingclub.com

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