Intense Water Sports

When you want to get into shape, you should turn your attention to the water. The buoyancy the water provides means you can subject yourself to a pretty intense workout without having to worry about it putting a great deal of strain on your joints, and you will find that the natural resistance created by the water increases the number of calories you burn during each workout.

This list of water sports starts with the least intense and gradually increases in intensity.

Swimming Laps

Just getting into the swimming pool and making a few laps is a great way to improve your physical health. Not only does each lap you make around the pool help you develop muscle tone and shed extra pounds, researchers have discovered that swimming laps is a great way for post-menopausal women to improve bone density, reducing the number of negative side effects they experience as a result of menopause.

Snorkeling

Although snorkeling is far from the most intense water sport you’ll engage in, if you want to get into shape, it’s something you should add to your workout sessions. Snorkeling allows you to spend your entire workout session underwater, increasing the amount of resistance created by the water. You will also find that wearing the goggles and being able to truly see the underwater world you’re sharing with a wide variety of marine life, stimulates your mind and encourages you spend even more time in the water. Health experts agree that snorkeling is an inexpensive way of improving your health.

Diving

If you enjoy snorkeling, you should give some serious consideration to learning how to dive. Getting certified to dive will open up a whole new underwater world to you. Between the heavy equipment you have to carry and the increased resistance you’ll experience as you dive deeper and deeper, you’ll find that you steadily experience increased strength, better cardiovascular health, and higher metabolism. In addition to the physical benefits, you’ll also find that diving helps you feel more emotionally stable and increases your environmental awareness.

If you’re looking for a group activity that helps you improve your physical fitness as well as your social circle, you should seriously consider taking up water polo. The sport combines elements found in land sports, including rugby, soccer, and hockey, and adds water. Playing water polo for a single hour means you’ll burn approximately 700 calories, and fitness experts recommend it for the elderly and individuals who struggle with joint or bone problems. The health benefits you’ll experience after steadily playing water polo include better cardiovascular health, improved respiration, increased agility, and greater hand-eye coordination,

Synchronized Swimming

It’s true that synchronized swimming is often mocked, but when you decide to give it a try, you’ll quickly learn that it’s actually quite intense, both mentally and physically. When you start to perform this water ballet, you’ll find that the health benefits you experience include;

More flexibility
Improved stamina
Greater strength
Better aerobic capacity
Stronger lungs

The great thing about synchronized swimming not only improve your physical health, but it’s an intense water sport that also gives your brain a boost. Memorizing complicated routines and keeping track of your timing will do wonders for your cognitive health.

No matter which of these water sports you decide to try out, you will find that the time you spend in the water does wonders to improve the quality of your life.

*Featured image has been selected from Jess Schira’s personal collection*


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