We get it. Last year sucked, you overindulged in the festive excess and summer is right around the corner (well, not for a while… but let’s be positive). It’s time to make that New Year's resolution to get in shape and start the way we mean to go on.

But do you really want to be stuck in that heaving gym in January? All those people full of good intentions, but you know in a couple of weeks they’ll never use their gym membership again. Who’s going to be your gym buddy and motivate you during your workout? It’s really difficult to do it on your own and no one ever speaks in those places - it’s unlikely you’ll meet new people who are on the same journey as you. 

Scuba Diving Is The New Gym

It’s not well known that diving can be a fully body work out. And what’s even better is you won’t even realise you’re doing it! An hours dive can burn over 600 calories….

  • Do you even lift bro?

A typical scuba set up can weigh some 20kg. You’ll be humping this around – lifting, walking, climbing up stairs. We can even throw in some squats! And it’s not just the big muscles that will be working. Water conducts heat away from your body 20 times faster than air. During your dive, your body will be burning calories and using muscles just to help you stay warm. The colder the dive – the more your muscles must work to maintain your core temperature (how fortunate we are to live next to the cold North Sea!)

  • Target specific muscle groups

Divers engage their core, glute and back muscles to stay streamlined in the water. And unlike swimmers, we kick from the hip rather than the knee. This means we’re working out the body’s biggest muscle sets in the leg. You’ll never skip leg day ever again!

  • Increased resistance

Water is hundreds of times denser than air. While you’re exploring the underwater world, your muscles are encountering more resistance than they would working out on land.

  • Pick your work out

As a beginner diver, you may want to stick to relaxing dives. In terms of a cardio work out, you’ll probably never feel out of breath. As you grow as a diver, taking further courses and developing your experience, you might want to try more adventurous dives.

  • Improved lung efficiency

The breathing techniques we teach to improve air consumption while diving condition the body to absorb more oxygen for every inhale. Normally we only use 25% of the oxygen in each breath, but over time your lungs will become more efficient and be able to deliver more oxygen to your body.

  • Improved mental and emotional health

Scuba diving doesn’t just improve your physical health. The benefits to the mind are well documented. Divers get the opportunity to free themselves from any problems they might be experiencing in the real world. You can simply be present in the activity – every breath is focused; each movement is deliberate. Diving encourages relaxation and promotes the release of serotonin levels. We know from personal experience that it doesn’t matter what kind of stinking mood we’re in, as soon as we’re blowing bubbles – even just in the swimming pool – we surface feeling happy and chilled.

 

Regardless of how hard you worked on a dive, it’s guaranteed that you’ll have a cracking appetite and a good nights sleep afterwards. You’ll have made many friends who will encourage you to dive regularly. Before you know it, you’ll be jetting off to amazing destinations all over the world, proud of your beach body toned through diving!

Does that sound better than begrudgingly dragging yourself to the gym every other day?

Your New Year New You adventure starts here

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Nic Emery

Nic is one of the co-founders of The Fifth Point. She is a Master Instructor with a keen interest in environmental conservation.

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