Diving is a thoroughly enjoyable, adventurous sport which is sometimes an adrenaline-boosting sport as well. However, most of the people do not know diving has health benefits as well. Thereby, Diving is a combination that serves as a therapy and thrill. Diving has numerous benefits to offer everyone. Below mentioned are few of them.

  1. Good Against Stress

Good news for anxious and stressed people. Researchers have shown that diving actually reduces the amount of stress drastically. It is a good method for relaxation and to fight with the stress.

The more you dive and swim, the more it is likely that your muscles build strength and gain flexibility.

  1. Increases Strength and Flexibility

As we continuously move throughout the water during the course of a dive, our muscles are then likely to work harder than they would if were outside the water. It is mainly because of the resistance of the water but also the current. The more you dive and swim, the more it is likely that your muscles build strength and gain flexibility.

  1. Breathing

Whilst diving, the process of breathing becomes slow and deep. Thereby, if a person dives, they breathe in and tend to breathe out slower which moderate the heart rate. Steady breathing reduces the risk of a lung-expansion injury and serve as a good therapy with conditions such as asthma.

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  1. Maintains Fitness

Even before diving, a diver should possess a good level of fitness so as to not exert the body as it could put the diver’s health to risk. The repetitive movement of the legs against the resistance of the water while diving can aid to maintain as well as increase your fitness levels.

  1. Environmental Awareness and Interaction with Marine Life

Diving will make you appreciate the ocean more and more. You’ll also be in sudden contact with underwater habitats and explore marine life. Certain colors will help you change and uplift your mood.

“Diving for me was a moment of epiphany. I was always a wilderness child, loved nature and animals, but every time I went on my treks and rafting/kayaking trips, I’d be terrified of what was under the water,” says Sukanya Sharma of the Hello Project who has done multiple dives. “When I finally took the plunge of exploring the underwater world, I couldn’t help but fall in love. It sounds like a cliche of course, but the world just slows down when you’re 20 – 30 mts under. It’s like a parallel universe of sorts, that you’re completely unaware of, and it’s truly mind-blowing. Thankfully my work allows me to travel and I can continue living in the parallel universe from time to time; it’s like a clean slate for me. Sometimes you need that. Also, who wouldn’t love to live the island life from time to time!” –

  1. Healing Power of Water

Being in water can bring you back the feeling like you are in your mother’s womb, safe, secure and amidst state of being happy. Being in salty water for longer period of time can dehydrate your body. For which your body requires more water and you tend to drink more water after the dive. This way, you receive the benefits of water both externally and internally.

  1. Reduces Blood Pressure and Improves Blood Circulation

During a dive, you give your body a full cardiovascular workout. Your blood vessels open to improved circulation and supply the needed oxygen to the body.

  1. Sunlight

Sunlight is a good source of Vitamin D. Exposure to sunlight can provide strength to bones and a healthy nervous system.

  1. Increased Emotional Well-Being

Diving helps to connect with nature and a good method to de-stress. With certain practices, you will learn techniques for calm breathing. After doing it for a number of times, you will be able to stay underwater for longer which will make your diving experience better. This will make your experience more and more relaxing.

  1. Socializing Benefits

You interact with like-minded individuals with common interest areas. It becomes easy to make friends and meet new people.

Picture Credits: dive-the-world.com

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