How Scuba Diving Can Get You in Shape

Looking for a new summer activity? Make a splash and explore what's underwater with scuba diving.

Scuba diving is a cardiovascular activity that burns calories and boosts your fitness level. The best part? You'll be so busy sightseeing under the sea that you won't even realize you're getting a full-body workout.

"Although scuba diving is not a replacement for a solid exercise program, it is a nice supplement to your current fitness activities, as it uses specific muscle groups in the core, legs, glutes and arms," says Kelly Rockwood, a PADI Americas training consultant and course director.

Explore the ocean, burn calories, and have fun while trying a new activity. Rockwood shares her expertise to help you get ready for your diving experience.

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What makes scuba diving a great workout?

Scuba diving is a physical activity that strengthens and tones muscles at a moderate level and allows people to build some physical activity into vacation, travel and free time as well as get a whole new view of the world.

How many calories can you burn?

Caloric burn while diving varies depending on a diver's weight, physical fitness level, water currents and the style of diving. For instance, exploratory cave diving may burn more calories than zen diving, or leisure diving. Depending on these variables, a diver can expect to burn roughly 500-plus calories in one dive.

In general, one can compare diving to swimming, yoga or other low-impact sports. Diving on a vacation can burn enough calories to prevent weight gain even when splurging on dessert or cocktails with dinner.

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Fara Rosenzweig

Fara Rosenzweig is the Lifestyle Editor for Active.com. She is a fitness fanatic, yogi and runner who loves to try new activities. Follow Fara on Google+ or twitter @FJRose.

Fara Rosenzweig is the Lifestyle Editor for Active.com. She is a fitness fanatic, yogi and runner who loves to try new activities. Follow Fara on Google+ or twitter @FJRose.

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