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    • A member of the Submergents group comes out of 37.4°F (3°C) water after taking the plunge in a pool carved from the ice on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 30 January 2021. Members meet up early every morning to plunge into the cold water for three minutes and some up to 17 minutes. The submergents say the practice has various health benefits.
    • Bradley, a member of the Submergents group comes out of 37.4°F (3°C) water after taking the plunge in a pool carved from the ice on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 30 January 2021. Members meet up early every morning to plunge into the cold water for three minutes and some up to 17 minutes. The submergents say the practice has various health benefits.
    • Members of the Submergents carve a pool from the ice on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 30 January 2021.
    • Members of the Submergents water after taking the plunge in a pool carved from the ice on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 30 January 2021. Members meet up early every morning to plunge into the cold water for three minutes and some up to 17 minutes. The submergents say the practice has various health benefits.
    • Nick (L) and Bradley (R), members of the Submergents group taking the plunge in a pool carved from the ice on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 30 January 2021. Members meet up early every morning to plunge into the cold water for three minutes and some up to 17 minutes. The submergents say the practice has various health benefits.
    • Members of the Submergents group swimming in a pool carved from the ice on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 30 January 2021. Members meet up early every morning to plunge into the cold water for three minutes and some up to 17 minutes. The submergents say the practice has various health benefits.
    • Members of the Submergents group remove ice from the pool as they get ready to take the plunge into 37.4°F (3°C) water on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 30 January 2021. Members meet up early every morning to plunge into the cold water for three minutes and some up to 17 minutes. Submergents say the practice has various health benefits.
    • A member of the Submergents group comes out of 37.4°F (3°C) water after taking the plunge in a pool carved from the ice on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 30 January 2021. Members meet up early every morning to plunge into the cold water for three minutes and some up to 17 minutes. The submergents say the practice has various health benefits.
    • Members of the Submergents group take the plunge into 37.4°F (3°C) water in a pool carved from the ice on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 30 January 2021. Members meet up early every morning to plunge into the cold water for three minutes and some up to 17 minutes. Submergents say the practice has various health benefits.
    • Members of the Submergents walk to the pool as they prepare to plunge into 37.4°F (3°C) water on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 30 January 2021. Members meet up early every morning to plunge into the cold water for three minutes and some up to 17 minutes. Submergents say the practice has various health benefits.
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    A member of the "Submergents" group comes out of 37.4°F (3°C) water after taking the plunge in a "pool" carved from the ice on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 30 January 2021. Members meet up early every morning to plunge into the cold water for three minutes and some up to 17 minutes. The submergents say the practice has various health benefits.

    Every morning, the adventurous Minnesotans take a dip into the cold water which they believe is beneficial for their bodies and souls.

    Such procedures are believed to boost the immune system, make one's body more resistant to various infections and more adaptable to harsh climate conditions. It is also believed to have benefits for the cardiovascular system. However, one should remember that before venturing out to swim at low temperatures, it is advisable to seek medical advice, as such a procedure could have negative effects for people with various conditions.

    Watch the "Submergents" plunge into the cold water at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis in Sputnik's photo gallery.

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