Rec Diving participated in a health fair this week by invitation of the Pharmacists Associations of Oakland and Wayne Counties. We were happy to be there among the stations set up for flu shots and health screenings because we’ve always believed that diving can play a key part in a healthy lifestyle.
We were there with other promoters of various fitness activities to highlight different approaches to get you and your family moving. It turns out the pharmacists who invited us were on to something.
Scuba magazines as well as health and fitness magazines cite many fitness benefits of scuba diving. Before and after we hit the water, our arm and leg muscles get a workout carrying gear. Underwater we work our glutes, legs, core and back as well as enjoy a good dose of cardio-respiratory exercise, without feeling the strain of a typical workout.
For many of us, though, it is the mental workout (or stress-reducer) that scuba gives us that is the very best health benefit. Floating effortlessly in a beautiful, multi-colored underwater environment allows us to disengage from our hectic lives and chill out a bit. And who doesn’t need more relaxation in life, right?
Fun Fact: a one hour scuba dive can easily burn up 350 calories!