Most of us wouldn’t step onto the golf course, tee up, and start driving away without taking a few easy swings to warm up the muscles we’ll be using. Scuba diving is a bit different, since there are some studies that have linked intense physical workouts to decompression illness. Divers Alert Network recommends waiting 24 hours before diving following a strenuous workout and making sure that a predive workout is limited to simple stretches. Simple, yes, but stretching boosts circulation and lubricates your joints and muscles so it will be easier for you to shimmy into a wetsuit, hoist tanks, and get up the swim ladder.
Remember, when stretching, it should never be painful — stretch until it is slightly uncomfortable, hold for 15 to 30 seconds, and then repeat all stretches two to three times.