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    lowie57 is offline In Orientation
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    Swimming Vs Running

    ok i have posted a few times and i want to do something about loosing weight. I find it hard to run for long periods of time at my weight (125kgs)
    so i was just wondering if i could do swimming instead? i know it gets my heart rate up, but is it just as effective as running? or less? how long should i expect to swim for if i do it daily?

    thanks

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    MC001 is offline Warming Up
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    I'm not sure which is more effective at burning off calories, but if you're significantly overweight running probably isn't the best thing as it is very harsh on your joints.

    I would hold off running until you get into better shape and los a few kilos - swimming is still a great form of exercise.

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    evolution is offline I love me some Mreik
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    Given teh same rate of duration and intensity-your body will exert four times teh amount of energy swimming as it does running. Swimming as HIIT=teh win.

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    R.Lewis is offline I <3 to touch myself
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    Swimming i better 'all-round'.

    Swimming FORCES you to learn to breath properly which will help in all other activities, general health and in the weight room.

    There is also no impact, and therefore you wont be damaging your knees and hips like when your running.

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    dswithers is offline Verge of Overtraining
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    Instead of running for a long period of time or distance why not do HIIT? A proper 20 minute HIIT session wil burn more fat than a 60 minute LSR (long slow run) or any other SS (steady state) cardio.

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    Merciless is offline Fourth Set
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    Swimming is alot more fun. Plus, you don't get really hot and sweaty and you barely get tired. It also uses a whole lot more of your body. Resistance swimming is awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merciless View Post
    Swimming is alot more fun. Plus, you don't get really hot and sweaty and you barely get tired. It also uses a whole lot more of your body. Resistance swimming is awesome.
    Whats that - swimming through Jell-O?

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    Merciless is offline Fourth Set
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    That would be awesome!

    Resistance swimming is a somewhat circular pool and there is a current flowing through it and you swim against the current. It's fun stuff.

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    LeiYunFat is offline We are all one
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    I want to do the Jell-O thing...someday...

    I also think it would be an amazing experience to swim in club soda.

    Another form of resistance swimming is the use of bands tied or secured on the deck. I looks pretty cool, but I've never done it.

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    R.Lewis is offline I <3 to touch myself
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    I would love to swim in Jell-o!
    But I would just try and eat it

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    Asko is offline In Orientation
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    I vote for swiming, I think it is better anyway...

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    Panther is offline First Set
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merciless View Post
    That would be awesome!

    Resistance swimming is a somewhat circular pool and there is a current flowing through it and you swim against the current. It's fun stuff.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Merciless View Post
    Swimming is alot more fun. Plus, you don't get really hot and sweaty and you barely get tired. It also uses a whole lot more of your body. Resistance swimming is awesome.
    Man, your lucky. I always get hot and sweaty when Im swimming. Could be the fact that the Y where I swim keeps the water temp around 87! I am a masters swimmer and I like to compete. Some of my workouts are really hard to do when your swimming in a hottub.

    To the owner of this post, I would definitely do swimming instead of running. Swimming is a great whole body workout and there is very little impact. You won't lose weight as quickly in running but your body will become a lot stronger. I don't know how advanced you are a swimmer but doing IM workouts are probably the most challenging and you will work a lot more of your muscles than regular freestyle.

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    lowie57 is offline In Orientation
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amber24 View Post
    I don't know how advanced you are a swimmer but doing IM workouts are probably the most challenging and you will work a lot more of your muscles than regular freestyle.

    Well when i was a bit younger i used to do squad swimming, i competed once and got bronze in backstroke, im a good swimmer, just cant last that long anymore lol. i have a gym membership at a gym with a pool, but i havnt been in a long time, i think im going to go swim for my fitness, and who knows i might even end up competing again.

    ps: thanks all for ur input, allthough i dont think a jello pool would help very much, dont think there would be much jello left after i swim in it lol

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    I would vote swimming too. I swam on a team when I was younger and we had very tough workouts. In a pool that was cold, I would sweat and get hot but the water would wash away the sweat. I'd be sweating when I got out. Just one thing to keep in mind, the idea that swimming isn't tough on your joints isn't completely true. It actually is tough on your shoulders. I usually work out through soreness but in swimming, I was always told if your shoulders are very sore, to take it easy until they recover because you can damage them.

    I would also start out swimming long distances (in different strokes if you want but you probably won't go too far in the butterfly) to build up your stamina. Once you have some endurance, then try a warm up, followed by timed sets then a cool down. I find with out doing sets, I leisurely swim for an hour and don't get as good a work out because I didn't have to push at all. You swam on a team before so you should know some sets e.g. 20 x 200 m/yd on the 2minutes 30seconds or whatever is realalistic but you only get 5 secs rest with out taking it too easy but don't sprint. As you build up from there, then you can go into some sprinting sets as well - on sprinting sets you should get more rest inbetween or do sprinting 50's alternating easy hard.

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