5 Ways Scuba Diving Helps You Become Healthier

WITH SO MANY OPTIONS AND DAILY ROUTINES TO IMPROVE OUR HEALTH, WHY CHOOSE SCUBA DIVING?

Unlike other recreational sports, scuba diving is an activity that is nearly impossible that you’ll be tired off.  In other words, once you start scuba diving, and become a certified diver, you’ll likely continue diving for life. Trust me, I started off scuba diving for fun, and now I am a PADI Open Water Instructor.

So, if you’d like to do something different in your life and needs convincing to scuba dive, here are the body-boosting benefits of scuba diving.

The content below is from an article from Women’s Health Magazine with comment from myself ( in blue italics font).

HEAD TO TOE TONING

Quick science lesson: Water is heavier than air. What that means for your muscles: Continuous resistance without the joint-jolting impact of hitting the pavement—or even the beach. “Because diving is a low-impact sport, many divers do not and should not feel the physical exertion under water, but they are in fact using major muscle groups to propel themselves through resistance created by the water,” says Kelly Rockwood, PADI Americas course diver and fitness expert. What’s more, a full air tank weighs about 40 pounds, and the rest of your gear can easily add another 20+ pounds to your frame, making gearing up—and getting to the back of the boat—a strength workout in itself.

My comment : In short, you’ll get to do some major workout WITHOUT feeling the burden of it, because you will be scuba diving underwater.  Smart, don’t you think?

CRAZY CALORIE BURNS

Just 30 minutes of mermaiding around can burn about 400 calories, thanks to the water’s constant resistance—and your constant swimming. Most diving excursions last about 30 to 45 minutes, so depending on your weight, fitness level, the current, and the intensity of your dive, zapping 500-plus calories during a single dive is totally possible, says Brad Johnson, Ph.D., fitness and wellness expert and author of Scared Skinny No More. If you are doing multiple dives in a day (depending on your depth and time of each dive, you could do four or more in one outing), remember to eat a small snack and hydrate between dives, he advises.

My comment: Always drink water before you scuba dive.

 

BETTER BREATHING

The first rule of Scuba Club: Never hold your breath. Why? Breathing deeply and slowly during a dive reduces the risk of a lung-expansion injury. But this breathing technique also has lung-boosting benefits. It increases lung capacity, strengthens the respiratory system, and can cut your risk of developing diseases of the lungs, according to research published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. The study focused on deep breathing in general, but during scuba you have to practice deep belly breathing—the same as in the study—for an hour at a time for each dive, which is more than people generally do during deep-breathing exercises. Plus, by allowing the body to take in more oxygen and release more carbon dioxide, deep breathing can lower blood pressure and quell depression, anxiety, and stress-related disorders, according to Harvard Medical School.

My comment: The effects of better breathing include, quality sleeping, feeling less tired, and feeling like you have more energy than you thought you have.

SLASHED STRESS

Combine endorphins, deep breathing, and pretty fish, and it’s understandable that a good scuba session could result in a less stressed-out you. While that’s not hard to put together, one study from the Human Performance Laboratory at Karlstad University Sven-Åke Bood shows that scuba’s stress-fighting benefits may also have to do with the peace and quiet of being immersed in the ocean. Scuba diving reduces sensory input (think: sounds are quieter, motions are slower, etc.) to a minimum, which can provide major stress relief, according to the study’s researchers. They found that regular flotation tank sessions relieve chronic stress-related ailments in more than half of patients.

My comment:  Even by just watching a clownfish gracefully playing hide and seek through anemone coral is entertaining, and a stress-reliever. 

HIGHER SELF-ESTEEM

Scuba diving is physically demanding and seriously takes you out of your comfort zone. “The fact is that scuba requires you to swim, handle conditions on the surface, monitor your equipment, and navigate underwater life,” says Alfred Bove, M.D., Ph.D., professor at the Temple University School of Medicine and a certified diver. “The better you feel you can handle these stressors under the water, the more prepared you feel to face challenges above the surface.”  And that feeling of preparation equals confidence and fulfillment.

My comment: Scuba diving also helps children, adults, and people with disabilities to improve their confidence as they navigate challenges like underwater currents or surface currents using their wit, knowledge and also strength.

 

If you’d like to try scuba diving, do join Discover Scuba Diving with me in Kuala Lumpur. Simply email info@sunscuba.com.my for booking.  Please book 2 days in advance.

Scuba diving slots are as follows:

Tuesday – Sunday.

Session 1:  10 am to 1 pm

Session 2: 1 pm to 4 pm

Session 3: 4pm to 7 pm