Swimming vs. Running for cardio?

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pauley70

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Posted: 11 Mar 2010, 17:01
Which is a better excercise for fat shredding? Any personal experience?
blizzywtf

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Posted: 11 Mar 2010, 22:08
I have had more success losing weight while swimming for cardio. It requires more specialized gear than running, but you can vary your stroke to match your abilities, and I feel like it is easier on my knees.
k8yk

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Posted: 11 Mar 2010, 22:18
I'm going to vote for running, because nothing gets my heart rate up like it!
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Adr58

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Posted: 11 Mar 2010, 22:25
I can't run as it hurts my knees and feet pretty quickly. I go fast on my elliptical for 1.5 hrs at a time (cardio and calorie burn), walk at 4mph for 25-60 mins and workout my arms and shoulders with two 15lbs hand-held weights. If my bad back can take it, I do some crunches.

Works great for me.

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pauley70

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Posted: 12 Mar 2010, 00:55
K8yK.....for a kick butt cardio, try P90X workout. Holy cow they get my heart rate smok'n. i think you might enjoy it.
k8yk

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Posted: 12 Mar 2010, 09:35
I always see the P90X commercials- but it's too expensive. I'll stick with my gym Smile My boyfriend is a bodybuilder so I have a built in personal trainer who answers all my stupid questions, lol Smile

He always makes fun of me though because I never call the exercises the right names. It's the "backwards sit up thingie" or the "lifting the weight over your head move" lol.

I'm just finishing Couch to 5K- next week is week 9 and I'm supposed to run 3 miles 3 days next week. I already skipped ahead and did that this week too... but I said I'd finish the 9 week so I will! Then I'm going on a weight lifting binge because I've been neglecting strength training while trying to get into running. I'm all about switching it up!
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Dejavu47

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Posted: 12 Mar 2010, 09:42
Oooo this is definitely a thread I need to keep up with. With my broken and now operated ankle healing, I can barely walk, let alone run. But I want to get into a good cardio type of exercise. Maybe swimming until I can run will do the trick! (because my partner runs and I really want to get into it) I'll have to give it a go, just hadn't thought of it. Thanks guys Smile
Adr58

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Posted: 12 Mar 2010, 09:47
Anything that will get your body moving fast will raise the heart rate - last week I sustained 145+ BPM for 50 mins or so on the hotel elliptical. Running will get it up there too!

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murky024

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Posted: 12 Mar 2010, 09:47
Swimming is going to be better on your joints and in general a better work out because of the added resistance in water.
pauley70

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Posted: 12 Mar 2010, 09:52
according to a few articles out there, the professionals say that swimming burns more calories then running, but..... running is a great cardio workout and those same articles also say that if you could include both swimming and running, that would be the ideal cardio workout. Only issue with swimming is the ability of finding a pool, runners have to just put shoes on and run! Dejavu47....swimming would be a great rehab for your ankle IMHO. Just until your back up to par. I have had a ACL reconstruction on both of my knees and that is the main reason i swim. K8yk...your doing so awesome! Keep up the great work.
Dejavu47

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Posted: 12 Mar 2010, 10:53
I'm on a trip to Brasil at the moment, unfortunately broke my ankle right before my trip, but I have a pool in my apartment complex when I get back home at the end of the month. The only problem is it's on outdoor pool so weather may be an issue lol
k8yk

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Posted: 12 Mar 2010, 10:55
Swimming, huh... Ok, I'll try it! My gym has a pool and I'm finally feeling good enough to wear a bathing suit in public.
Might be a nice break to the week if I start swimming one or two days.

Thanks for the suggestion Smile
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Posted: 14 Mar 2010, 06:44
I'm new to fatsecret. How do the challenges work? Do you just do them at home and update here?
huff82

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Posted: 14 Mar 2010, 10:29
Swimming maybe better on the body, but the swim suit is hard on the ego! Smile



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