If like me, you are entering 2017 having had a pretty unhealthy festive period, you will probably be thinking about getting a bit healthier and also about what to do during the next 12 months.
When we think about getting healthier at this time of year it’s usually trying to dig out the trainers from the back of the cupboard, or fix that puncture or trying to find the gym card that you signed up for at this point last year.
Well we thought about something we love doing and then looked at how much diving actually benefited us – who would have known!
Here are our top 10 health benefits of scuba diving
1. Gaining Strength and Flexibility
We all know that swimming is good for us, it’s one of the best forms of exercise. As we move through the water during a dive the resistance the water produces means your muscles work harder building endurance and strength. This includes core strength and stability which is great for your posture.
We always try and breath deep, slow breaths whilst diving to try and conserve air and optimise your air consumption. The byproduct of this is that it slows your heart rate down which in turn promotes calmness and a sense of wellbeing. It has also been linked with helping existing conditions such as asthma.
3. Can Lower Blood Pressure
Sometimes when we first get into the water, our heart rate and therefor our blood pressure may spike. This can be due to excitement, the adrenaline starting to be released or just the cold water. However, as we control our breathing our heart rate falls and thus lowers our blood pressure… who needs stress anyway?
4. Maintains and Increase Fitness Levels
Obviously, we must all maintain a good level of fitness to dive as we don’t want to over exert the body if we have to swim against a strong current or have a long surface swim. You will find that most things you do on a dive help maintain or improve your fitness. Lifting kit onto the boat, kitting up, swimming out to the dive, navigating currents and climbing up the boat ladder. They are all helping. It may not be running a marathon but it certainly is better that eating chocolate in front of the TV!
5.Traveling To Warmer Climates
Yes, we know you can dive in Wraysbury in January but we usually dream of jetting off to the slightly warmer diving destinations. With this type of dive trip comes, excitement, adventure, culture, relaxation, fantastic food and drink, amazing people – need I go on?? This of course can only enhance your mind body and soul.
6. Healing Effects of the Water
Apparently due to our time in the mother’s womb being in water gives us a sense of security, happiness and well-being. Also, if you are in salt water for extended periods of time the body wants to re-hydrate and we all know that drinking lots of water is good for us.
7. Interaction with Marine Life
All divers have been amazed and totally in awe when surrounded by the stunning marine life the world’s oceans have to offer. So, it is no surprise that this interaction just simply puts us in a good mood. However, scientists believe that exposure to certain colours, the ones that can be seen on many reefs can help to promote feelings of joy and happiness, blue has also been known to have a calming effect on the body.
8. Exposure To Sunlight
The body needs sunlight to create Vitamin D. This vitamin aids the absorption of calcium essential for strong and healthy bones. Sunlight also increases endorphin production in the brains and endorphins make us happy – simple as that!
9. Socialising Benefits
You shouldn’t dive alone for safety reasons and not only that, surely it is lot more fun doing it with like-minded people? You may be diving with a long-standing buddy, or with your dive club or being buddied up with a new diving buddy for the first time, but sharing this amazing world always enhances the experience. Being able to share your dive with others over a cold beer at the end of the day never fails to make you feel good too!
10. A Great Stress Reliever
Stress is bad. It’s bad for our health, our mind and our wellbeing. Breathing slowly and deeply is one of the most widely used exercises to relieve stress and increases oxygen blood flow to the brain. This increases the production of endorphins which makes us feel good. Diving is about living in the moment. We leave, work, problems, money issues, family niggles at the surface and for the next hour these are all forgotten. This gives the body a break and studies have shown that this time out helps bring the body and mind into balance. Having a relaxed and calm mind gives us a positive mental attitude which helps you stay on top of any issues, relieves stress and keeps you happy.
Happy 2017 from all at idivetravel