Snorkeling is a great way to explore the ocean without having to leave the comfort of the ocean´s surface. This fun activity is ideal for people of all ages plus it has some great health benefits for your mind and body too. Snorkeling is an amazing recreation for nature lovers. People encounter marine life up close. Observing cute turtles, colorful reef and fishes are good for people to overcome the stress and anxiety in their lives. Underwater etiquette is compulsory. Keep your distance and respect everything you see.
Improve breathing and cardiovascular health
Think of snorkeling as a form of breathing exercise. In fact snorkeling increases your lungs’ oxygen capacity as breathing through a tube is more difficult than regular breathing. Your heart rate increases while you are snorkeling. This can result from the physical exercise associated with swimming, or at times from the fear of not knowing what is lurking below in the darker water. Increasing your heart rate strengthens your heart which in turn, may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Good for Joint mobility, mental health and overall fitness
Exercise releases endorphins, and snorkeling is an excellent way to get your body moving. The increase in endorphins will in turn boost your self-confidence. Focused and controlled breathing whilst snorkeling has similar mental health benefits to meditative techniques such as yoga. Controlled breathing may help you feel a greater sense of calm and help relieve stress and anxiety.
Water-based exercises are good rehabilitation techniques for joint injuries.
Snorkeling allows you to exercise almost every muscle group in the body, including quads, hamstrings, calves, ankles, hip flexors, core, and shoulders. If you have any type of body stiffness, snorkeling can help to lightly work them out. Water produces a resistance to your body that requires strength and stamina in order to move. You will strengthen your muscles and maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle.Like regular lap-swimming, snorkeling is a low impact form of exercise, and can be a fun way to get the kids or yourself involved in 30-minute bursts of exercise. Once you’re in exploration mode, you’ll be lost to the wonders of the deep for hours!