Scuba diving is one of the best and most addictive forms of recreation, because not only is it extremely fun but there are several health benefits of this exciting underwater sport. Sure, there are certain risks associated with scuba diving if not done correctly, but if we really think about it; our day-to-day activities also have risks involved in them. It is all about being well aware of the risks and taking proper precautionary measures.
We can all probably agree with Isak Dinsen’s saying that the cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea. For some, a one-hour scuba dive daily or even weekly is their meditation and workout. Here’s why:
Let’s start from the surface. Exposure to adequate amount of sunlight is a huge plus side of diving. It is advisable to use sun protection, but biodegradable ones that are less harmful for the aquatic environment. Having said that short periods of sun exposure daily without sunscreen is necessary in order for our skin to produce the right amount of vitamin D, which is essential for healthy bones. We get most of our Vitamin D from sunlight. Evidence suggests that most effective time of day for Vitamin D production is between 11am and 3pm.
Deep breathing is the first and most important skill when it comes to scuba diving, to optimize air consumption and to stay longer under water. According to health gurus, a regular daily practice of deep breathing can improve our overall health and make us happier and more energetic. Releasing toxins from the body, improving quality of blood, strengthening lungs and immune systems are just a few of the numerous benefits of deep breathing.
Going back to Isak Dinsen’s saying about the salt water, healing powers of the sea have been known to us for centuries. Without getting into the chemistry of it let’s just put it this way; sea water contains a lot of mineral salts that help the body heal and detoxify. It helps heal wounds, reduces infection and promotes pain relief. Recent studies show that arthritis, psoriasis and even depression are improved by sea water.
Another huge benefit of diving is that it gives us more flexibility and strength. Moving against the current underwater puts our muscles to work. This helps strengthen muscles and increase flexibility. Very simply put, all the muscles in the body are working giving us a full cardiovascular workout. This in turn improves blood circulation due to the level of oxygen supplied to blood vessels.
Scuba diving also helps lower blood pressure. There are studies indicating that those who dive on a regular basis are less likely to be prone to strokes and heart attacks.
Diving also allows fun social interactions as well as interactions with the marine environment, which are rich experiences that have a huge positive impact on us. So all-in-all scuba diving is one of the best recreational activities that leaves us with a stronger mind and body and let’s not forget, a beautifully tanned tanned bod.