You already know that scuba diving is amazing for your mental mindset. The simple act of traveling to exotic locations, submerging underwater and savoring that feeling of being miles away from the rest of the world does wonders for your brain.
However, just in case you need extra rationalization to book a last-minute trip, you’ll be pleased to know scuba diving provides a host of health benefits. Scientifically researched and proven, these benefits will hopefully inspire you to plan many more trips in the months and years to come.
You probably don’t realize that you’re working up a sweat while you’re underwater, but scuba diving provides that perfect blend of aerobic and anaerobic work for your body. With all of your limbs and muscles engaged, and all working against the natural pressure of the water, scuba diving is just as beneficial as a jog, without the extra jolts to your knees and other bones.
Yoga and meditation have long been praised as one of the best ways to relieve stress both in your mind and in body. New research shows the basic principles of scuba diving are very similar to the basic principles of yoga and meditation.
After all, the art of breathing slowly and deeply is imperative to scuba diving, and the result is a calm attitude, which is a natural deterrent to depression and a lesser risk of a lung expansion injury.
When you scuba dive, all your muscles are simultaneously engaged and moving, your heart is providing a heavy dose of oxygen throughout your body in a smooth and tightly regulated way. As a result, your blood circulation is essentially working at its peak while you’re under water.
New studies suggest that scuba diving can reduce the risk of heart attacks simply by helping out your blood pressure. A feat that’s directly related to exercising your circulatory system. The best news is that this research applied to avid divers, so the more dives you embark on, the lower your risk of a heart attack.
Another unique study discovered that being in the water at greater depths can help heal a superficial scar or cut. This health benefit was demonstrated by a team of researchers who stayed underwater in an artificial habitat for several weeks, and who noticed that cuts and scratches healed much faster when submerged underwater.
By being out in the sunlight, you’re treating your body to a big dose of vitamin D, which helps to promote the absorption of calcium into your body. As a result, your bones are strengthened, and your endorphin production rises, resulting in a healthy and high-functioning nervous system.
The reason why most people dive is because “it feels good.” But if you need that extra push or reason to expend the time and money on a new diving adventure, just consider all the health benefits, and always remember that a regular diet of scuba diving is always good for you!
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