Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Swimming Vs. Running?

What’s better for you – swimming or running?

While I’m often asked this question, both activities are GREAT for pursuing better health. Both activities are heavy on cardiovascular and both compliment one another from a “breathing” perspective.

Check out this post from the “My angle on weight loss” site (http://run4change.wordpress.com/) -- http://tinyurl.com/c823cj (you’ll have to scroll upward once you reach the site). This post offers some helpful information as to which activity offers more potential calorie and weight loss.

From my personal experience, swimming offers very similar results to running. I have had situations where I’ve supplemented my running workouts with swimming and have been able to maintain similar fitness results.

Give both swimming and running activities the opportunity to help you lose weight. And when you’re needing a break from the impact of running, swimming is a great cross-training activity.

If you’re new to swimming, you might consider adult swim lessons. Work to build up to 500 yards consecutively – that’s 20 lengths of the pool. It will be difficult at first because swimming is very exhausting from a cardiovascular perspective. However, if you stick with it, you will reap the benefits!

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