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On your last beach trip or vacay, you may have seen people walking around with those seemingly dorky snorkeling masks attached to their faces and thought to yourself, “One day I have to see what the fuss is about and try snorkeling.” Well, my friend, those dorky masks, and snorkelers are actually smarter than you think. They’ve mastered the fine art of working out without making it feel like you’re working out. On top of that, there are a ton of health benefits that you probably didn’t even know about until now.
To put things into a clearer lens for you, we’ve come up with 5 Reasons to Get Your Snorkel On.
Improves Your Cardiovascular Fitness
Instead of spending your next cardio day running outside or on a treadmill, you can swap the old run for a nice swim. But, this isn’t just any swim. With snorkeling, you’re not limited to swimming back and forth doing endless laps to get your fitness on. You can get your workout in while you explore. As far as cardiovascular fitness is concerned, snorkeling helps increase your maximal oxygen uptake, improves lung capacity and requires a greater exertion than normal breathing because you’re having to breathe through the plastic tube. In summary, you will definitely see an increase in your cardio fitness if you start snorkeling today.
Muscle Strengthening at Its Finest
Swimming is a great way to improve and strengthen your muscles. When you go swimming, you are forcing your body to push through the natural resistance of the water, which, if you haven’t already experienced, is no easy task. Swimming and snorkeling allow you to work your quads, hamstrings, calves, hip flexors, arms, shoulders, and core with each passing minute. The best thing here is, that, snorkeling or swimming helps to build long and lean muscles.
Clears Your Mind & Reduces Stress
Snorkeling is not only great physically, but it’s also an amazing way to clear your mind and reduce stress and anxiety. The breathing in and out of the tube helps to regulate your breaths (similar to yoga) and allows you to enjoy what’s known as meditative breathing. This helps you calm down and helps your stress and anxiety float away. Plus, just like any other exercise, snorkeling releases endorphins which will automatically help you feel better both mentally and physically.
Catch a Great Tan Without Being Bored
Laying out on the beach to tan can be extremely dull and boring. For tan addicts, they can easily sit there for hours baking in the sun, but for the rest of us, this can get boring really quickly. The good news is that you can catch a pretty good tan while snorkeling.The water has awesome reflective properties and allows you to bake without being bored.
Perfect for Joint Pain & Stiffness
Unlike running and other high-impact sports, snorkeling offers you the ability to improve your cardio fitness while being easy on the joints and super low-impact. This is due to the buoyancy of the water which really helps to ease joint pain and stiffness. Snorkeling will not only help in reducing joint pain but also help improve flexibility and endurance. Furthermore, snorkeling doesn’t involve too many movements of your neck so those suffering from neck pain or stiffness can still enjoy snorkeling and find some relief.
If all of these reasons hasn’t motivated you to get off your beach chair and start snorkeling already, then we have one more that might help motivate you. Snorkeling can burn up to 500 calories in one hour for an average sized person. That’s right. This exercise is not only easy and fun, but it can also give you a pretty good workout. We are certain that you will be exhausted after snorkeling for one to two hours during your next beach trip or vacay. You may even enjoy it so much that you’ll become a snorkeling addict just like us. Either way, you won’t know until you try so get out there and get your snorkel on already.