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Travel Fitness: Superman on the Bosu

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By Gretchen M. Ashton, CFT, SFN, SFT, NBFE

Travel to exotic diving destinations usually requires extended flights with multiple connections. Long hours sitting in airplane seats, lifting and pulling luggage, and varying food choices can take a toll on the traveling diver, but the dive trip is always worth it.

Divers will be more comfortable and help improve their blood circulation and travel fitness by standing and walking every two hours during flights and layovers. If there is space to stretch, focus on the low back and hamstrings. Drink water every hour including overnight flights. Being well hydrated is part of arriving at the destination ready to dive.
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April 18, 2016 |

ScubaFit – SurfWalking™

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By Gretchen M. Ashton, CFT, SFT, SFN, NBFE

SurfWalkingis a great way to exercise at the beach near a lake or ocean, or along a river or stream.  In all directions, water is constant resistance on the diver’s body. This resistance may be used for outdoor exercise as it is in water aerobics classes performed in swimming pools.  SurfWalking™ introduces additional resistance using waves, currents and tidal action. Depending on the depth of the water and the intensity of the surf, the workout changes in difficulty, focus and results.
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April 18, 2016 |

Extend Dive Time with Physical Fitness

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By Gretchen M. Ashton, CFT, SFT, SFN, NBFE

Photo by “©iStock.com/Antagain”

Tick  Tock  Tick  Tock. Have you ever heard someone say, ‘there goes 15 minutes of my life I will never get back?’

While there are many different philosophies and applications of time, most divers don’t want to waste it; carefully investing some of their precious time, energy and money planning and preparing for their ideal SCUBA experience.

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April 16, 2016 |

Fitness for Diving in the Hawaiian Islands

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by Gretchen M. Ashton, CFT, SFT, SFN, NBFE

Most divers don’t think “blue water diving” when visiting this tropical vacation destination, but the Hawaiian Islands are located near the middle of the Pacific Ocean more than 2,400 miles from the United States and more than 4,000 miles from Asia. Channels around the nine most commonly known Hawaiian Islands range in depth from 200 to more than 10,000 feet deep. The sheer size of the land masses can give divers a false sense of security. Conditions around the islands change quickly. Shore diving is prevalent with rugged volcanic terrain or steep deep sand and pounding surf.  Read more

March 30, 2016 |

A Strong Back for Diving

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By Gretchen M. Ashton, CFT, SFT, SFN, NBFE

It is important for divers to have as strong a back as possible; especially the low back.  The muscles of the back support the spine and assist with lifting, pulling, bending, standing, reaching and twisting. Most diving activities involve complex integrated actions of all the muscles and joints of the body.  The back, abs and legs are particularly involved to lift gear, stand and walk while wearing gear, cross shore terrain, and climb boat ladders. Underwater strong back, ab and leg muscles are important for kicking in strong currents.
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March 11, 2016 |

Aerobic Exercise for SCUBA Diving

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by Gretchen M. Ashton, CFT, SFT, SFN, NBFE

The adventurous spirit of divers is most evident in the willingness to travel thousands of miles to explore the oceans of the world.  Closer to home, passionate divers take the sport to quarries, rivers, lakes and caves. Dedicated divers dive in all climates and conditions. One of the best ways to keep the spirit, passion and dedication among divers at this all time high is to keep divers healthy and fit to best enjoy life, travel and diving.

 

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February 1, 2016 |

Physical Fitness For Scuba Diving Travel

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by Gretchen M. Ashton, CFT, SFT, SFN, NBFE

Similar to dribbling a basketball, hitting a line drive in baseball, or performing a deadlift for competitive weightlifting, diving skills such as clearing masks, fin kick swimming and buoyancy control are developed through practice. Seems simple; to get better at diving, learn the best and safest methods and dive regularly. Not so simple; there is more to performance for sports and diving than just skills. Along with the proper gear, divers must also prepare with proper training, including physical fitness. Safety and performance for diving includes preparing for the varied physical effort required above and below the surface, training the body to cope with the stresses of pressure at depth, and maintaining good health to reduce risk associated with diving.

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January 19, 2016 |
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