Welcome to our first DiveFit blog post! Here, we are going to be talking about what it means to be dive fit.
Being dive fit covers many topics from not only being physically fit to dive, but also many of the following considerations:
mental & psychological (preparation, overcoming & identifying stress …)wellbeing (healthcare, rest & sleep-time, treating illness, respecting recovery time …)
diet & nutrition (maintaining a good balanced diet, eating before & after dives …)
hydration (drinking fluids that hydrate properly dehydration dangers …)
training (being adequately trained & prepared for planned dives, staying within training limits …)
equipment (choosing the correct equipment for the dive, thermal needs …)
And another important factor, and well done because if you are reading this you are already there, is to stay connected.
Be DiveFit active
Scuba diving demands a certain amount of physical preparation if you want to remain safe and simply get the most out of it.
Firstly you have some equipment carry around, unless you are lucky enough to have a dive caddy!
If you don’t know already you’ll learn later but a fit diver generally has longer dive time (not to be confused with bottom time), thanks to lower air consumption. Of course being fitter means less exhaustion and more dives …
However the biggest argument to remaining dive-fit in scuba diving is the reduced risk of DCS (decompression sickness), keeping the body lean and reducing fat equates to better circulation & the elimination of nitrogen bubbles. Visit DAN to understand more.
How to be DiveFit?
This is by no means expert advice, just what we have learnt from experience & in our way.
Our way - well that just means following our eco-friendly, vegan lifestyle & with what we have to hand … read on it will become clear...
Over the years I (Sami) have been to many a gym and sports centre in pursuit of fitness and …well, they are either too expensive, too snobby (you need to stock up on the latest training gear to be in the “in-crowd”) or just inconvenient in terms of fitting it into your day. Oh and did I mention (sorry boys) a tad too macho!
An Eco-friendly “gym” - on a budget
Living up a mountain, in a remote village about an hours drive from the nearest town I said to myself “If I can’t/won’t go to the gym then I will bring the gym to me”! Did I also mention the problem of space that living in a caravan presents?
A personal gym - a green gym!
Situated: in the garden around the caravan overlooking a cow-paddock … (see photos)
Benefits: No travel time, open all hours, fresh open air training area, at one with nature & no costly membership fee …
All the equipment was found and bought from an assortment of second-hand shops, charity shops, online second hand sites etc.
Giving things a second-life makes putting together our own green sport-space all the more rewarding & all for under 80€. A lot cheaper than an annual gym fee …
In short, it’s easy to find an excuse not to do sport but if you want to really enjoy scuba diving, and getting the most out of every dive, it’s just as easy to find a solution to bring a little sport into your life!
Remember however, if you haven’t done any sport for a long time then start slowly, perhaps get some advice & above all should you have an already existing medical problem then see your doctor before setting out on any sport activity.
Continue following our blog posts to discover more DiveFit advice & stories, hopefully stories you can relate to!