Scuba Duba Calorie Burn
Today’s blog takes me to my first love. No not Carlos the Spanish Waiter from my teens. Scuba diving.
Until I had children, holidays for me were usually about travelling to an exotic location, doning neoprene and sinking below the waves. Below the surface I would find an exciting new world that simply kept me coming back for more. Initially it was usually a holiday with some diving involved. Eventually they turned more and more into planned dive holidays with friends.
What we all started to notice was that on these trips we would eat like horses and partake in plenty of beverages (not before the dives of course) yet we would come back thinner than before the holiday started, which of course is no mean feat. On one occasion when we dove for two weeks solid in the Red Sea, Egypt (one of my favourite holidays of all time), we returned home looking positively malnourished.
The reason for this is that although scuba diving may seem like more of a fun activity rather than a workout, scuba diving burns lots of calories, as well as tightening and toning your body.
“Scuba diving provides a full body workout that combines cardio and strength training to burn calories, tone muscles and even improve breathing” reports Theresa Kaplan, director of communications for The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).
It is suggested that 30 minutes of scuba diving can burn up to 400 calories for the average woman. Often dives last about 50 to 60 minutes, so depending on your experience level and the conditions of the dive, it is possible to burn 500+ calories while underwater. If you then factor in that most people during a dive trip will do 2 possibly 3 dives, it is easy to understand why the weight drops off. Throw in a ripping current or some depth and the calorie usage will be even greater.
Scuba is easy to take up. Most dive shops offer try dives and are happy to spend time discussing with you what becoming qualified entails.
For any mothers out there, I still dive. I just have to adjust the holidays to allow for other activities for the kids. Oh, and you can’t hear them while you are underwater.