The brave — or not so brave — souls whose idea of fun is a dip in the icy Atlantic on the first day of the New Year hit the water today for the annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim in a race to Coney Island in New York.
Those who engage in the practice claim it is healthy. Others aren’t so sure.
“”I don’t know of any definitive medical studies that have been done to measure the health benefits of cold-water swimming,” Dr. Alan Steinman, an expert on hypothermia, told MSNBC.
A lot of people who aren’t experts could have told you that.