The Guardian just ran a story about the health benefits of SCUBA v. Swimming. You can read the entire story on Guardian's website by clicking the title of this post, but here are some highlights:
Swimming: Increases appetite. Swimmers gained an avg. of 5 lbs. when put on a 3 month program for weight loss. Oops.
SCUBA: Swimming with fins is like water-based weight training, firming the thighs! Weight loss? Excellent - Someone weighing 70kg burns 13 calories a minute, putting a 45 minute dive at 585 burned calories!! (For those of us Americans - 70 kg is 154 pounds). That is the equivalent of a Carl's Jr. Famous Big Star Hamburger (580 Calories), or 2 Glazed Chocolate Crullers from Dunkin Donuts (560 calories) or 5 Heineken beers (550). Wow!
Both are good for lung capacity. Swimming is better for an upper body workout. As you all know, we don't really do much with our arms at depth.
The last time I burned 585 pounds in 45 minutes, I was on a treadmill listening to terrible techno music, sweating like crazy, and thinking there had to be a better way. Well there is!!
Personally, I eat very healthy and I don't drink - especially before a dive (or even the night before). No wonder divers look great in a wetsuit! We're working hard out there!
Hugs and fishes,