Cardio: Running VS. Swimming

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  1. Kcomps

    Kcomps New Member

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    I have been running every three days for about 45-50 minutes at a good pace. I have been doing this since December 06'. At the start of this month I decided to switch it up and starts swimming laps for 30-45 minutes. My question is which one is a better work out? Also for those who swim, what is your routine. I just swim 2-3 laps then rest for a minute or two then go again.
     
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    swimming ftw
     
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    when i used to swim id do about 30 laps in about 30-35 min..not rly a routine just swimming..go 10 laps. get some water. go at it again
     
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    lolz why u needz water you dont sweat when swimmin :ugh2:
     
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    :ugh:

    Please tell me this is a joke.
     
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    Running is more effective in burning calories. The tradeoff is that it's hard on the joints and you dont receive as much upper body development compared to swimming. Swimming burns less calories but it is a full body workout. Smelling like chlorine sucks though and it can be bad for posture if certain muscles are not properly stretched. Almost every competative swimmer has a horrible posture because of that.
     
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    Swimming can build good back/shoulder muscles and give you a good cardio workout :dunno:
     
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    Pork Chop Sandwiches Extraordinary Member

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    Swimming is probably a better all-around workout, but it's fucking boring.
     
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    DatacomGuy is moving to Canada

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    Swimming is fantastic..

    But, that brings up that study about effects on smoothing muscles..
     
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    not if you're swimming away from sharks.
     
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    i used to swim and run regularly... i'd choose swimming over running cuz it's still a full body workout but it's easy on my ankles.... plus the water keeps you cool
     
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    y1997 Made in the U.S.S.R.

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    Swimming is called "wall tag" in the world of competative swimming because its so fucking boring. :o
     
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    I do both and prefer swimming but I dont do 2 or 3 laps and then stop, keep going . I do a mile and don't stop until i's done. I find my body gets into a state where I can maintain a good pace without going anaerobic after around 25 lengths.
     
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    Not necessarily. It depends on the person doing the exercise, and most importantly, how much effort is exerted. You can burn only 800 cal/hr running, but can burn 900cal/hr during swimming. I agree that for pure calorie expenditure, you can't get much better than running, but I feel that swimming is far more effective. You have cardio, stretching, and resistance training all at once. You use your legs and upperbody to propel you, and your abs and core to keep you afloat and steady. Plus it gives you great back definition :bigthumb:
     
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    While running is hard on the lower body joints, swimming is horrible for your posture. I think its fine as long as you take the necissairy measures to stretch properly outside the pool.

    For example, all butterfly swimmers are REQUIRED to swim backstroke to untangle their shoulder muscles, otherwise you get horrible shoulder pains and cramps which I've experienced firsthand before. :wtc: In most swimmers, the hip flexors and erectors also become short, resulting in an anterior pelvic tilt and lordosis.

    But yea, youre right it is personal. Some people just like one more than the other. I dont think it really matters as long as you do some type of cardio. For me, its the stair-stepper.
     
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    i predominantly run but i agree with you, swimming is much better. and on another note, i LOVE your AV
     
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    thanks for all the responses.
     
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    I can run for days, but swim for only like 2 laps. :rofl:
     
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    http://www.wvda.org/calcs/sport.html

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