While diving, the water has several benefits. First water is making exercises low impact as it absorbed much of your weight. This makes it perfect for people with injuries or who just can not deal with the jarring on their feet and knees.
The other benefit is that that the water not only cushions the impact, but that it is adding resistance to all your body parts that are below water. This post is about resistance training.
When we are diving, we can feel resistance all around us. While diving, you are using practically all major muscles, just not your arms. When we dive, the arms are having hardly any impact as compared to the power that’s put out by your other major muscles.
When we are using our fins, we will be working out our calves, hamstrings, quads, ankles, core, hip flexors, and our shoulders.
That means we are using just as many muscles as with a complete work-out of any strength or aerobic program. Sure, the intensity might be higher when you work out in the gym, but the time you use your muscles while diving is usually much longer. A regular deep dive will probably last some 30 minutes, and a normal shallow dive will usually last around an hour.
Keep also in mind that the resistance is doubling when you’re diving down 10 meters, and that for every 10 meters you go down deeper, that resistance will be added again. Twice the regular resistance at 10 meters, three times the resistance at 20 meters!
When you are running or walking on the treadmill in the gym, you need to go at the speed of the treadmill, or you will be pushed backwards to end up off the treadmill. In the gym, our goal is to match the speed of the treadmill. When we go diving, though, we are propelling our bodies forward when we are going to explore a specific dive site.
The only thing we to overcome is the resistance that we feel around us to move forward, and this is not always so easy due to the currents around us. Runners do understand this very well. On windy days, it is much tougher to run with the wind head-on, and when we have tail wind, it will help to get ahead. Scuba divers will generally be swimming against the current when starting out, so the current will be of great help upon returning to the starting point.
Body Work to Maintain the Right Temperature
When your body is submerged, it will loose body heat 20 times faster than when it would be on land. This implies that your body needs to work a lot harder to stay at its optimal temperature. The metabolic rate of your body will, all by itself, increase dramatically, and the cooler the waters you are diving in, the harder your body needs to work to make up for temperature loss.
Calory Burn While Diving
When you’re focused on burning calories and want keep track of how much calories you’re burning, you really should compare your regular workout to a scuba dive. You will notice that in just one session of scuba diving you burn just as much calories as during a slow run or a jog. Bear in mins that when you swim against the current or when you swim in colder water, your burn rate will even increase. I’m pretty sure this should convince you diving’s great and many benefits.
Under water, your diving gear weighs practically nothing due to buoyancy, but while on land, you will be feeling that you’re carrying your equipment of around 45 pounds. Tech divers may need to carry equipment that weighs over hundred pound, which calls for a pretty good core strength as well as a good feeling for balance. Not only will scuba diving provide great physical benefits, this great sport is also benefiting our mind and emotional life. The diving activity is offering you a beautiful, peaceful, healthy, and serene experience.