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5 Benefits of Snorkeling!

When on an island holiday, even if we can’t dive, we make it a point to snorkel..



Because there are many health benefits in snorkeling, and they are:

1. Low impact on Joints

For those who are overweight, snorkeling is a wonderful alternative to running as the water supports your weight, thus putting less impact on your knees and ankle. Your buoyancy increases in salt/sea water, and so you’re actually lighter. You still get the same workout swimming around, minus the pressures on the joints.

2. Muscle Strengthening

We recommend snorkeling without fins, as you need to work harder, which means your burn more calories. You many also use fins, to help you travel further yet expand less energy – which ever way, it is still good for you. When you use your arms, legs or back it forces your muscles to push against the natural resistance of the water. Notice how hungry you are after a swim? Well the colder temperature of the water also helps you lose heat to the environment, which means more calories burnt as well. When diving down to investigate things below the surface, you push your muscles even harder to provide the fast kicking needed to overcome your natural buoyancy increased resistance training means increase muscle tone.

3. Cardiovascular

Snorkeling is also good for your heart.. it increases your heart rate. Snorkeling also helps you build greater lung capacity when you are forced to hold your breath underwater for sustained periods of time, when you go in deep to check out something.


4. Phobia

Snorkeling is great for overcoming that Dive phobia. Since you don’t have to go deep and you can stand up at anytime, it is a great introduction to what wearing a mask and breathing through your nose feels like. If at anytime you feel claustrophobic, just stand up! Easy right. Keep going till you feel comfortable, then slowly venture out into the sea.

5. Mental Health

Exercise, including snorkeling, can help relieve stress and anxiety. All exercise releases endorphins that make you feel better as well as increases self-confidence. But, snorkeling takes mental health benefits even farther. The controlled mouth breathing required of snorkelers is similar to many of the meditative breathing techniques like yoga. And the sea usually has a calming effect on me.. so win-win!

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4 Responses to 5 Benefits of Snorkeling!

  1. Larry December 5, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    Hello~ Reading this article made me think of a question. I been doing some exercise with parents, such as jumping jacks, to keep them active. However my parents constantly complain about having joint pains around their ankle. I was wondering if you had any suggestion on other exercise for their cardio (other than swimming/snorkeling)? Anyway thanks for posting great articles! They surely have improved my family’s health overall.

    • ciki December 7, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

      Hi Larry. Well I think Yoga, Pilates or Cycling would be great, low impact exercises for the elderly with joint pain. Jumping Jacks might be a little to high impact on the knees.

  2. Jason lewis December 12, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    I really love doing snorkeling but was unaware of the benefits i can get from it. Thanks for sharing the information with us.

    • ciki December 12, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

      You’re welcome Jason:) What sort of sports do you like?

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