So, have you already started planning your snorkeling vacation and are you oh-so-excited about it? If yes, then just calm down and understand that there is more to just packing and researching about the safety tips related to this adventurous water activity. Yes, you guessed that right! It is also about being fit enough for snorkeling. It is mandatory for you to get in shape before this, and thus, start working out now!
Ultimate Tips to Get in Shape before Snorkeling
- Warm Up
Many people often underestimate the power of a good warmup but yes, if you ask any expert, he or she would always emphasize on a good 10 to 20 minutes of warmup. So, boost your blood circulation before you get into the water. The other benefits of warming up before snorkeling include:
- Lubricates your muscles and joints
- Hoist the tanks
- Provides flexibility
- Practice Yoga
Often underrated by many, Yoga is one of the best ways to get ready for the best snorkeling experience of your life. From improving the concentration level to reducing the stiffness present in your body, a good yoga teacher will ensure that you are absolutely ready for your vacay!
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- Build Some Muscles!
Yes, you should do some rigorous workouts as well, such as squats, chest press, bent-over row, Criss-cross crunch, etc. A little strength training can do wonders to your body. This will make your body Insta-ready as well!
- Hydrate Your Body
Drinking is mandatory before you indulge in this exciting and fund water activity. Reduce the risk of DCS by drinking lots of fluids, especially water. But yes, do not commit the mistake of drinking way too much and do not consume alcohol as it can entirely ruin the snorkeling experience. Also, alcohol is known for its dehydrating effects on a body. And not to forget that a can of beer or a peg or two of Whisky can mess with your anterior cingulate cortex which is the error detection center present in your brain. This can lead to an accident as well.
- Flex Your Feet
This is also essential to get prepared for snorkeling. Finning like a fish is necessary during this activity, so why not practice it from beforehand? Simply, point your toes and flex your feet in order to stay away from those dangerous foot cramps, post snorkeling.
Another way to work on your foot muscles is by practicing the famous monkey grab. For this, you need to place a pen on the floor and position your foot a little above it. Do not pick up the pen in your toes and try to hold it for at least 30 seconds. Repeat this exercise with another foot.
Apart from all these, try to go for a walk on a regular basis as well.
So, these are five tips for you which will help you get in shape before your vacay! Hopefully, this blog was helpful for you all.
-Ken & Lizzy