An introduction to the project, by Beth Francis:
In August 2017, I was diagnosed with a chronic health condition and saw the life I wanted slowly crumbling away before my eyes. Instead of being full of life, I am now tired, in pain and lethargic most days. But I have decided to try and retake control of my health by using the best resource I have available – the sea. 100 Days of Vitamin Sea documents the journey myself and my partner Andy will take, in attempt to regain health and connect with the natural environment around us.
Both physical activity and time spent in nature are known to aid people with a variety of health conditions, and the conceptual notion of the “Blue Gym” proposed by Depledge and Bird in 2009 combines exercise and the sea as a way of positively influencing health and well-being. I know from my own experiences that when I am in or by the water, I feel better. So we are committing to go out and immerse myself in the sea for 100 days.
This isn’t going to be a film about a glamorous dip in a tropical ocean every day, it’s a real challenge. We will be going out into the water around Anglesey in North Wales, over the winter of 2017/18. We know it’s going to be hard, but along the way we hope to learn more about our own bodies; the aquatic environment around me; and the science behind “Vitamin Sea”.