For people who love to indulge themselves into any bodies of water, snorkeling is one of the most enjoyable activities they can do, except that of course, snorkeling has to be done in an ocean and not just any man-made stuff. It’s not just incredibly fun to see the beauty of the underwater world by doing it, but you will also reap a lot of benefits for your overall health.

Here are the top 6 reasons why you should snorkel for your next island getaway:

1. Holistic fitness

Did you know that you burn as much as 300 calories an hour in snorkeling? Yes, that is why this activity is great for everyone. Especially to those who want to lose or just manage their weight. Snorkeling also helps you motivate, tone and trim your body. It works out on big and small muscle and body parts like your hamstring, quads, core, hip flexors, and shoulders. It also helps you improve your strength and endurance and minimize stress.

2. Better breathing

Snorkeling allows you to maximize oxygen uptake, which indicates good aerobic fitness. When breathing through a tube, it involves resistance to a certain extent and requires you to put more effort than free breathing. Snorkeling also lets you regulate in and out breaths regularly and helps increase lung muscles. This is an effective way to engage in a breathing exercise.

3. Joint Mobility 

Exercising for weight loss may have a huge impact on your knees and ankle, especially those who are overweight. Snorkeling is the perfect alternative exercise since the running water supports your weight, at the same time, your body is moving. You are getting the same workout and calories burned with less pressure on the joints. Even those who don’t have weight issues but have limited movement due to joint pain and stiffness will get the same benefit. Water buoyancy eases joint pain and stiffness which allows you to workout to improve flexibility, mobility, and endurance. Good for people with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.

4. Cardiovascular health

The breathing exercise and movement involved while doing snorkeling can greatly benefit the heart and blood circulation. It increases heart rate and strengthens heart muscles, thus decreasing the chances to develop coronary heart diseases, hypertension, high cholesterol, heart failure and other related issues. And since you also improve your lung capacity when holding your breath, oxygenation of bloodstream would greatly improve.

5. Removes phobia

This is the best way to overcome Bathophobia or fear of depths. This is because you don’t have to go deep and you can stand up anytime. And when you have overcome your phobia, chances are, your mental health will be improved.

6. Being connected to nature

When you snorkel, you get the chance to see some of the most colorful underwater creatures in their natural habitat. You get to enjoy observing the tiger fishes’ behavior. You get to encounter different corals. Studies show that being close to the vibrant marine life has been proven very helpful for people who suffer anxiety disorders and ADHD.