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Scuba diving may be the workout for you

GREAT CARDIO WORKOUT

On average, a dive lasts between 45 and 60 minutes. That is about an hour of constant kicking and keeping muscles in your legs and abs engaged.

Plus, it is low impact and does not put any stress on your joints.

Cardiovascular exercises such as swimming comes with a slew of benefits such as improving heart health and building strength and stamina.

GOOD RESISTANCE TRAINING

You are subjected to strong currents that push and pull you in all directions. This creates resistance, which requires you to kick harder and use bigger actions to avoid being swept away. Just like any other resistance training exercise, it allows you to build muscle strength for lean and toned limbs.

As it is done underwater, you are less prone to aches and sore muscles, which is why divers can go for anywhere from one to five dives a day.

INCORPORATES STRENGTH TRAINING

You will be carrying weights and oxygen tanks. While you might feel weightless underwater, you still have to carry the equipment on land. An average tank weighs about 15kg - that is one big barbell.

You also use weights to help you descend at the beginning of the dive. Carry the weights around with you in the water and on the beach for extra calorie burn.

HELPS BURN FAT

According to recent research published in the BMJ journal, the reason why faster-paced activities burn more fat is that our fat cells store triglyceride, a type of fat in the blood that is made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.

These atoms are released through oxidation and when that happens, fat is burned off.

This article first appeared in Shape (www.shape.com.sg)

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