Breathing deeply and slowly is the golden rule of scuba diving. It’s the perfect exercise for the both the heart and muscles. Being able to master your air intake also helps reduce blood pressure and keeps you relaxed throughout your dive.
2. “Zenning” Out
During a dive, we tend to take slow and deep breaths. Familiar? Yes, it’s exactly like meditating. It causes a state of calmness while we enjoy the marine realm. The stress of everyday life can be forgotten during a dive. No phone calls to answer or emails to respond to. It’s just you and the water—your ultimate time out. Research shows that having a stress-free mind has been known to promote an optimistic mindset. You can deal with your issues in a more calm and rational way!
3. New Friendships!
People often mistake scuba diving as a loner sport. On the contrary, diving is a very social sport and gives a lot of chances to connect with people from all walks of life and culture. You get to have shared learning and when there’s more learning done, your brain cells get to working!
4. Physical Tune Up!
Like an astronaut moving through space, diver also glides weightlessly just as much.
As you move about the water it seems effortless when in reality, your muscles work twice as harder than they normally would. As you dive and swim, the more your muscles stretch, increase vigor and develop flexibility as well as endurance! Because your core strengthens, your posture also develops!
5. Burn Underwater!
Swimming against currents will increase your burn rate. For every dive mission, you get to burn an average of 220 calories! Due to buoyancy, gears become weightless underwater when in fact, divers carry at least 45 lbs. of equipment making you burn at least 440 calories, plus all the extra swimming that you do, you burn roughly 500 calories while enjoying! As you burn all of those calories, your metabolism also spikes up! If nothing else, that should help convince you of the benefits.
6. Daily dose of Vitamin Sea
Diving for hours could take your metabolism up a notch. How? During your dive mission, you control or suppress nitrogen. That nitrogen build-up in your body makes your metabolism work harder to get it out of your system.
7. Color Psych 101
Exploring the marine realm during your dive mission makes your senses come alive. Every color and hue from the variety of fish and corals just grabs your attention and instantly puts you in a good mood! Science tells us that certain colors can help change or boost our moods. Bright and intense colors from the reef can help promote happiness and optimism. As a bonus, exposure to blue light has a soothing effect which normalized our blood pressures. Is that amazing or what?
So the next time you are in the gym, trying to get fit and looking miserable while sweating like a pig, you could have been scuba diving while watching the fish and the underwater come to life!