Scuba diving is widely known as an enjoyable and somehow adventurous sport but most of us might not have known that this sport also has a lot of benefits for our health. In fact, it is much more than fun! Let’s look at the top six health benefits of scuba diving.
Physical fitness: Like swimming, scuba diving is among the best forms of aerobic and anaerobic work that we can do. It provides both a muscular workout and a cardiovascular workout when we have to move against the natural pressure of the wave on our bodies with little to no strain on our joints.
Flexibility and strength: While diving, your muscles have to work harder underwater to make your body be able to move against the resistance of the water. Through doing this, you can strengthen your muscles and develop your endurance and flexibility. Diving builds up your thighs and shoulders muscles, which helps tone your different muscle areas and therefore and give you better posture.
Breathing: In scuba diving, slow and deep breathing is important in order to optimize the air consumption and bottom time. This can promote a calm attitude as well as reduce the risk of a lung-expansion injury.
Stress reliever: Like breathing during meditation, slow and deep breathing while scuba diving gives you a calm, relaxed state while you focus more on the underwater environment than thinking about problems in your daily life. Therefore, it can balance the nervous system and reduce stress.
Improve blood circulation: During a dive, all your body muscles have to work simultaneously and you also give yourself a full cardiovascular workout. The body muscles use required oxygen, so your blood vessels have to open to supply the needed oxygen.
Reduce blood pressure: Exercising your circulatory system, scuba diving can also help reduce blood pressure. Studies reported that those who dive on a regular basis are less likely to suffer from strokes and heart attacks.