Like all cardiovascular exercise, snorkeling has been shown to release endorphins that elevate mood, but because of the type of breathing that snorkeling requires, studies suggest that this unique form of recreation has additional physiological and psychological benefits.
First of all, snorkelers must practice controlled breathing in a rhythm similar to that used in many forms of meditation. This breathing style tends to calm the body and promote general relaxation.
Secondly, snorkelers are experiencing an environment completely different than the one they see in their everyday lives. This allows them to gain a new perspective on problems and questions that might otherwise weigh them down.
Snorkeling provides a decent workout, too. Under the water, every move a snorkeler makes is met with the water’s natural resistance, which strengthens the body’s muscular and cardiovascular systems.
Finally, snorkeling allows swimmers to enjoy undersea landscapes without going through the lengthy process of becoming certified scuba divers. Because snorkeling is relatively simple to master, learning to do so involves very little stress.
About Cecilia Gaffaney, MD
Dr. Cecilia Gaffaney works as a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist at Obstetrics Medical Group in Dallas, Texas. She specializes in providing the best medical care possible for women with high-risk pregnancies. Dr. Gaffaney is Board Certified in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Maternal Fetal Medicine.