We all know that those motivational #fitstagram posts on social media make you experience a sudden adrenaline rush, but you do not particularly entertain the idea of going to the gym and becoming a sweaty mess right at the beginning of your day. A lot of people tend to miss out on their health milestones simply because exercising is still viewed in terms of running and jogging or weight training and cardio, something inherently gym-centric. In reality, there are many surprisingly fun ways to exercise and not feel like you just went for a spin across the whole globe.
Take water sports, for example. Swimming is one of the most effective forms of maintaining your health, even more so than cardio or running. Other water sports which are viewed mainly as ‘recreational’ also have their own share of health benefits. Today we will tell you about how jet skiing can have miraculous effects on your health. Yes, you heard that right.
- Improves balance and coordination.
Jet skiing can help you correct your balance and improve your coordination greatly. Crouching on a jet ski and maintaining your balance without toppling off and going with the current may look sleek and easy but is extremely hard to master.
- Improves blood circulation.
People suffering from cardiovascular illnesses are often told to exercise so that their blood circulation improves. Jet skiing not only involves rigorous balancing and use of muscles, it also teaches you how to control your breathing. As such, any water sport improves your breathing skills and this in turn, leads to greater oxygenation.
- Strengthens your muscles.
Jet skiing may look fun and easy on television, but balancing yourself against the current is extremely difficult and requires agility and flexibility. This requires your body muscles to be in a state of perpetual tension, which helps in strengthening your muscular system and giving you more endurance. Remember how breathing right is vital to jet skiing? Your endurance will automatically get better once you simply learn how to breathe properly while exercising. Jet skiing also strengthens you core and tones your abs, since you need to be in a half-crouching position most of the time hence all the tension accumulates around your core. Still think planks are the only way to get ripped?
- Burns calories.
You will be surprised to know that thirty minutes of jet skiing can burn more calories than a thirty minute cardio or jogging session. When you are on the water surface, you will not feel all of your body weight and this is why you actually tend to lose even more calories than regular exercising.
- Relieves stress.
While we have covered most of the physical health aspects, the most important factor in maintaining an optimum healthy life is channelling your stress in a safe way so that you are mentally healthy. Jet skiing is not a “sport” in the traditional sense of the word; it is seen as a means of recreation. This is why it can be much more than just a form of exercise, it is a safe way to let out your stress and feel refreshed- it is very hard to still say rigid and tensed after a wonderful session under the sun in the cool ocean.
The next time you go on vacation, remember that you can still chase after your fitness goals even after bingeing on pizza and tacos and drinking margaritas all day. Thesewill surely improve your mood as well as your physical fitness.