We all get tired of doing the same exercises over and over, but exercise is key to our health, so why not switch it up every once in awhile and do something fun? I have listed many different ways to take your fitness to the next level in this blog, and another great way to do that is by snorkeling!

Snorkeling is a bit like scuba diving, without all of the training. You float nearer to the surface of the water, and it is really easy to pick up if you know how to tread water. Usually undertaken by rescue teams or in competitive water sports, snorkeling allows you to explore the reefs, coral, and sand underwater for extended periods of time.

Recently I went on a trip to Mexico, and realized how great of a workout snorkeling really is. Those of you that are regular swimmers and snorkelers will know what I mean! Snorkeling can be a really great cardio workout because you are using your hands and arms to propel yourself through the water. Livestrong.com claims that an average 145-pound person can burn up to 435 calories! It is also a really good way to exercise your lung capacity, because you develop the ability to hold your breath for extended periods of time.

Other than hiking or rock climbing, there’s really no other exercise that lets you experience the beauty of nature while still enjoying the benefits of a good, full body work out. With summer fast approaching, it is time you took your workouts outdoors!

BTW: Paradise Cove in Malibu is one of the best areas to snorkel in the Los Angeles Area; Calm beach, clear and clean waters (A+ beach report by Heal the Bay), and lots of sea life! I do recommend a wetsuit though!

 

References:
http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/fitness/exercise/snorkeling/

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