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Think cold plunges seem drastic? Try doing it every day

By Alyson Krueger

07 Feb 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

The New York Times explores the utter joy that a cold water swim can bring - particularly when in a group - and how for some, it becomes a ritual that they cannot live without.

On Sunday morning, a few minutes before 9 a.m., approximately a dozen giddy New Yorkers, most of whom are middle-aged, gathered at Rockaway Beach at 67th Street. Some hugged the others when they arrived. Two women ran up the boardwalk yelling, “Whoo-hoo, let’s do this.”

The group was wearing only bathing suits — board shorts, bikinis and one-pieces — topped with dry jackets. It was February, and they were going in the ocean.

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