There are numerous reasons why water sports are so popular around the globe. It is not only because of the adrenaline rush you get while helping your body get tanned and toned but also due to several health benefits that you can get out of it as well. This is mostly due to the fact that most water sports are done outdoors, where you get the opportunity to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the sun.
The adrenaline, oxygen, and sunlight all play a major role to lift up your spirits, get you in a good mood and increase your energy levels. In this article, we will cover some of the major benefits in depth so that you can choose which water sport suits you and your body the most. So let’s start!
Calming and centering your mind
Diving and snorkeling are really beneficial when it comes to relaxation and calming your mind. Spending time simply observing marine life, slowly moving and enjoying the peace and quiet is ideal for collecting your thoughts and letting go of the everyday stress that weighs on you. It feels like the whole world has slowed down for those couple of hours and that you get to observe the magic of nature in its purest form.
Now, diving asks for a bit more preparation and equipment, while snorkeling is far more simple to execute. All you need is a quality full face snorkel mask and a pair of fins. So if you are looking for a way to relax, clear your thoughts and enjoy nature, diving and snorkeling should be on the top of your list.
Optimizing mental abilities
You may or may not know that the fact that we are able to coordinate such a large amount of muscles at the same time, as we do when swimming, can have a very positive effect on our memory. In addition, studies in rats have found that swimming can help promote the growth of new brain cells in parts of the brain which break down during chronic (long-term) stress.
Although these studies have been so far only performed on animals, there is a good chance that swimming can potentially have the same effect on humans. While this still has not been proven, swimming is known to reduce stress and anxiety.
Decreasing the risk of chronic disease
Water sports are specifically beneficial because they work every part of your body. So you are able to burn calories the natural way while shaping your body. And not only that, but you are also improving your metabolism and with it your fluid intake and appetite. Being outside and active generally helps boost your immunity, thus helping you fend your body against chronic diseases.
Water sports such a swimming improve your lung function thus improving your endurance and reducing breathlessness by increasing oxygen capacity. Something that is imperative for most athletes. Finally, due to the fact that for most sports your body needs to be submerged most of the time, there is far less strain on your joints and so you are reducing the risk of arthritis later on in life.
Providing you with a fitness boost
The fact of the matter is that water sports have the ability to improve your aerobic fitness, strength, and flexibility. Especially those sports that involve the use of your arms and upper body. These include rowing, canoeing, and kayaking. And they can help increase muscle strength in your back, arms, shoulders, and chest due to the movement which is required to use the paddle.
On the other hand water sports like swimming use your whole body thus giving you a full body workout. In addition, a consistent swimming regimen can aid your heart muscle to become stronger as well as help you maintain the appropriate weight, which is essential for your overall health.
These are just some of the benefits that various water sports can bring to the table. The key is choosing a sport that is most suited to your personal needs and the needs of your body. Whichever one you choose, you can’t go wrong as it will have a definite benefit for both your body and mind.
There is no doubt that including a water sport in your exercise routine will help you not only keep your body in good shape and minimize the possibility of chronic disease but also provide you with a way to cope with the stress and anxiety brought upon by the day to day obligations.