When people think of mermaids nowadays, they often think of beautiful photoshoots at the beach in glittery makeup or looking glam by the pool at a children’s party. And while there’s a performance aspect and an aesthetic to mermaiding, it’s so much more than that. Read on to see why mermaiding is considered a sport by many. In fact, a mermaid workout might be just what you’re looking for!

What is Mermaiding?

Mermaiding is the practice of wearing a mermaid tail with a monofin. A monofin is a single fin that goes on both feet to mimic the shape and movement of these mythical creatures. The sport combines swimming, diving, choreography, and performance art all in one. 

This is an excellent outlet for creative expression as well as a meditative practice where you focus on the sensations of swimming like a mermaid and feeling connected to the ocean. And just like the mythical creatures, modern-day mermaids can be true superheroes. They work to help protect the ocean and its sea creatures, and they can even perform real-life rescues at sea.

As a workout, mermaiding is a unique form of exercise. It can involve a range of movements, from high-intensity swimming to dance-inspired routines, all while having fun.

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The Health Benefits of a Mermaid Workout

Mermaiding is very active and requires a combination of strength, stability, balance, and flexibility, all of which help to improve overall fitness levels.

Here are some of the health benefits of a mermaid workout:

  • It’s a full-body workout, engaging both the upper and lower body muscles and your core as you propel yourself through the water with the monofin.
  • It’s a low-impact sport. This means it’s kind on the joints and reduces the risk of injury. 
  • It builds your confidence by allowing for artistic self-expression through movement, much like dance.
  • It relieves stress and supports your mental health. Like all sports, mermaiding releases endorphins, making you feel good, but with the added relaxing effect of the water. Numerous studies show the positive impact of being near water, reducing stress and anxiety while increasing feelings of well-being. 
  • It improves your agility and flexibility. Mermaiding uses the dolphin kick, which builds flexibility in the hips. It also requires flexible shoulders as you often move through the water with your arms stretched above your head.
  • It improves your cardiopulmonary health. Mermaiding, as a form of freediving, requires breath holding and strong lungs, so training includes a focus on breathing techniques that lead to improved respiratory system health. 

Whether you’re looking for something new to try or want to challenge yourself with a different type of workout, becoming a PADI mermaid is an exciting way to get active and stay fit while having fun! 

Padi mermaid instructor swimming underwater with a safety diver on the surface

How to Get Started Mermaiding

You can find mermaids in the pool, ocean, or any body of water, and you need minimal equipment to get started. PADI Mermaid courses have become increasingly popular. They range from Discover Mermaid experiences, that give anyone 6 years and up the chance to have their first experience with mermaiding, to professional instructor levels.

If you’re keen to try mermaiding, find your local PADI Mermaid Center or Instructor to start today.

They’ll be able to guide you on your journey safely, introduce you to the local mermaid community, and teach you how to train for your mermaid workouts.

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