Just how good is swimming for you?

#1
When I was younger I used to swim all the time, but can't really remember the effects it had on me. So i was just wondering how good is swimming for you, as good or better than running?
 
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5.56mm said:
When I was younger I used to swim all the time, but can't really remember the effects it had on me. So i was just wondering how good is swimming for you, as good or better than running?
It's a better option than drowning!!
 
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5.56mm said:
When I was younger I used to swim all the time, but can't really remember the effects it had on me. So i was just wondering how good is swimming for you, as good or better than running?
It's low impact cardio, it's good for your fitness, but it's not the same as running.

It does exercise muscles that running doesn't though.
 
#4
I would say NOT very good if you're planning to use Michael Barrymore's pool.
 
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Tartan_Terrier said:
5.56mm said:
When I was younger I used to swim all the time, but can't really remember the effects it had on me. So i was just wondering how good is swimming for you, as good or better than running?
It's low impact cardio, it's good for your fitness, but it's not the same as running.

It does exercise muscles that running doesn't though.
No running allowed... or heavy petting :roll:
 

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#6
good for losing weight and good for expanding chest capacity, but won't improve cardio-vascular fitness as quickly as running.
 
#7
It's very good.. I used to do it at first, and I was really knackered after so I assumed it must have done heaps for my cardiovascual/ respiratory fitness, other than that.. good workout and a good warmdown
 
#8
Its good.. if you can swim well. I do a mile of breast stroke once in a while just to burn off some fat and get some upper body work going. Front crawl is really good for cardio and lung capacity but its hard to do!

Just run..

J.
 
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JayCam said:
Its good.. if you can swim well. I do a mile of breast stroke once in a while just to burn off some fat and get some upper body work going. Front crawl is really good for cardio and lung capacity but its hard to do!

Just run..

J.
Regular swimming builds endurance, muscle strength and cardio-vascular fitness. It can serve as a cross-training element to your regular workouts. Before a land workout, you can use the pool for a warm-up session. Swimming with increasing effort to gradually increase your heart rate and stimulate your muscle activity is easily accomplished in the water. After a land workout, swimming a few laps can help you cool-down, move blood through your muscles to help them recover, and help you relax as you glide through the water.

Swimming can burn calories at a rate of about 3 calories a mile per pound of bodyweight. If you weigh say 150 lbs. and it takes you 30 minutes to swim one mile (1,760 yards or 1,600 meters), then you will be using about 900 calories in one hour. However, many swimmers do not swim that quickly, and many cannot swim for that distance or duration.

mmmmmmmmmmmill get my coat.......
 
#10
Swimming may be good for you but why place yourself in harms way. I think it was George Bernard Shaw who remarked upon being asked if he would like water with his whisky....Do you have any idea what fish do in water!

I know some humans who do it in water too.
 
#11
swimming is excellent for you but just sooo boring, in my opinion running wins hands down but then again some find running boring!
 
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5.56mm said:
Does running have the same CV benefits as running?
Hmmm, running vs running - hard to say really!!!

If your question was meant to be does swimming have the same benefits as running, someone has already answered that, with an 'its good, but not as good as running'!
 
#16
Thanks for your help, and yes it was meant to say running v swimming. My next question now is does lung capacity improve your running? I know it probaly does, but how?
 
#17
The big problem with swimming is that it mainly involves your upper body and humans have 2/3rds of their muscles below the waist, and these are the ones that don't fatigue so easily. People will tell you that breast stroke uses your legs, you have to kick on front crawl, swimming uses the whole body .................total bollocks. The exercise physiology has been done under proper lab conditions and swimming is mainly an upper body exercise and its usefulness as a developer of general fitness is always going to limited by the invariable facts of human anatomy. Not to say you can't lift your heartrate to 88% of its maximum for 5 minutes with practise, and 75% of its maximum for 15 minutes. But you can achieve that easily for much longer by running because you are deploying much larger and more durable muscles to do the job.

Getting fitter isn't mainly about improving your lung capacity. It is about improving the ability of your muscles to use fuel, improving fuel delivery, improving muscular endurance.......stuff like that. When you are gasping it looks like the cause of your problems, but it is actually more a symptom.
 
#18
Swiming is great for varucas (sp?), ear infections, eye infections, chest infections, nasal issues, skin complaints and the likes.

Me< I love it coz I can piss in public and nobody knows....
 
#19
And on a serious note, I used to swim around 5 miles a week when living out in Brunei. I would say it improved my lung capacity and heart, but I did not build any muscles at all. I ended up even skinnier than I was as it did burn fat, and there was a real risk of me being sucked down the overflow!
 
#20
swimming is very good cardio but only if you do it properly otherwise its a relaxing splash around and a waste of time

On a full week, no disturbances, attending all my sessions and hitting the end of each training plan I can swim up to 12 km a week.

Normally its probably 7.5-8 due to missing the big sunday training session due to hang over

thats good cardio...........................

I don't run because I'm old, but with the swimming I more than hold my own boxing three times a week with 20 -30 year old sprogs

Swimming is ******* boring on your own though, and you have to count your own lengths.
 

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