Outdoor World

A cold-water cure? My weekend with the Ice Man

Wim Hof claims cold-water immersion can help fight modern diseases. As outdoor swimming becomes ever more popular in the UK, photojournalist Jonny Weeks joined him for a weekend to experience it firsthand Look at this beautiful tree. An oak, Quercus robur. Its yelling at us, Helloooo! says Wim Hof, the doyen of cold endurance stunts, as we head across Hampstead Heath, north London, for a swim in one of the ponds. Soon hes catapulting himself into a gaping hole in its trunk, peeping out excitedly like a child. Here I…

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One step ahead: how walking opens new horizons

Whether its to the North Pole or across LA, walking is the fastest way to make more time for life As a child growing up in 1970s Norway, with parents who didnt own a car and loved to hike, Erling Kagge believes one of his first full sentences was: How much further is it? By his late teens, though, hed begun to embrace his parents ethos. By then, for me, walking wasnt just getting from A to B, he says. It had a value in itself. So much so that…

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There is a thrill to seeing your stomach getting flatter: why I run

Since I started trudging up hills and around parks four years earlier, I have become healthier, slimmer and sunnier and sometimes I even enjoy it It is a damp, grey morning in south London and I am outdoors, still half asleep. The wind cuts like a bayonet and all I am wearing is shorts, tights and a polyester jersey. My muscles have clenched from the cold and no quantity of stretching or scratching will loosen them. But I tighten my laces and start to run. Uphill, as if things weren’t…

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From psychoactive drugs to silent spas: 2018’s weirdest wellness trends

Forget turmeric lattes and Fitbits: this year is all about smart medications, tiger nut milk and tracking your own mindfulness Classes streamed into your living room ” Like Netflix, but for spin grades” might seem an obvious pitch, but it’s taken a while for the perfect cyclone of rapidly improving tech and outrageously priced real-life class to kick in, making at-home educate an increasingly preferable prospect. Why, after all, should you plummet a purple note to be wailed at for 45 minutes in a darkened chamber, when for half that…

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What its like to be struck by lightning

The long read: If “you think youre” been struck by lightning, you are likely to survive. But what do millions of volts feel like? Sometimes theyll keep the clothing, the airstrips of shirt or trousers that werent cut away and abandoned by the doctors and nurses. Theyll tell and retell their fib at clas rallies and online, sharing portraits and news reports of existences like their own, or far big misfortunes. The video of a tourist hit on a Brazilian beach, or the Texan impressed dead while out loping. The…

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