Any aerobic activity will get your blood pumping and the larger muscles of the body working, giving you a cardiovascular workout that improves your body’s ability to absort and utilise oxygen. The higher your level of fitness in this area, the more effectively your body is able to use the oxygen you breathe and the more efficiently it is able to dispel nitrogen.
As a result, once underwater, you will use less air when diving than an unfit diver would do.
It is recommended a person does at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, such as swimming or brisk walking, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous activity such as running or cycling.
Make sure you keep it up. Getting healthier isn’t a short-term fix. Just two weeks of inactivity can set you back with you experiencing a noticable reduction in performance.
Consistency is key.
Now, when it comes to strength training, we aren’t advising you pump iron until you can give Arnie or Sly a run for their money.
Working on your body’s ability to withstand greater amounts of weight and resistance will increase body and core strength and will decrease the risks of developing bone deteriorating conditions such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.
Keeping your muscles toned will help to stabilise your joints reducing the risk of injuries to knees, back and shoulders. Muscles also burn more calories than fat, so helping to burn excess energy more efficiently and helping you to maintain a healthier weight more easily.
No special equipment needs to be used, with a full workout programme possible using only your own body weight. Squats, lunges, push-ups and the good old plank are all effective techniques that will increase your strength and resistance, in turn improving your overall health and fitness.
It’s often ignored as being time-wasting and unimportant, but the warm up and cool down at either end of any kind of workout should not be overlooked.
Not only will it improve your performance, but stretching before and after activity will also reduce the risk of injury significantly.
Imagine a rubber band that you’ve placed in the freezer. If you take it out and tried to bend it, it would snap. Warm the band up in your hands first and it becomes more malleable and elastic. When you pull it, it extends. This is exactly how your body works. If you don’t warm up and cool it down properly, it might just snap – or cause some kind of injury at least.
Making the decision to become fitter and healthier is a commitment and not something that can be achieved overnight, especially if you are going from barely or inactive.
However, this should not be a deterrent from getting started. The first step to a healthier, fitter you needs to start somewhere. Making the positive decision to begin is all you need.
Getting into shape and maintaining it will help you prevent, manage and reverse illnesses and diseases, will improve your diving experience by decreasing fatigue, increasing endurance, improving agility and comfort and help you to better utilise the amount of air you use, increasing dive time as a result.
How Can Blue Ocean Fitness Help?
All our Personal Training packages are designed just for you and we specialise particularly in fitness for beginners. Everyone, whatever age or ability, is given the support, guidance and tools to change their life.
Our initial consultation includes a full anthropometric assessment which includes BMI, blood pressure, body fat measurement, heart rate analysis and a fitness test assessment. We also listen to your goals, your circumstances and your barriers in order to work out a bespoke plan created for you and you alone.
As well as 1-2-1 Personal Training, we also offer Group Sessions that you can come along to whenever you like. Places are limited for each session so make sure you book in advance. You can also organise your own session with a group of friends at a time and place to suit you.
We will also help you to break through the mindset that might be holding you back from achieving your goals through implementing Behaviour Change strategies, available as part of our Personal Training packages or as standalone 1-2-1 sessions.
For more information on any of these options, to ask any questions or to discuss your own requirements, please email Tania at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 07761 867 123.