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dreww221
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OT Fitness Gurus; Swimming Vs. Running?

I recently sustained a knee injury, and can't do any running on it. My question is, how does swimming compare to running or other cardio training for weight loss?


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re: OT Fitness Gurus; Swimming Vs. Running?
It's awesome.


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re: OT Fitness Gurus; Swimming Vs. Running?
If you really push yourself at it, it's hard to beat. Cardio, core, shoulders, legs. It covers them all.


NorthEnd
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re: OT Fitness Gurus; Swimming Vs. Running?
Nothing better provided you push hard. Best bet is to join a masters group and try to keep up with their workouts. I go to Crawfish, but there are several groups in town.


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re: OT Fitness Gurus; Swimming Vs. Running?
I've really been wanting to start swimming for cardio, I've never really gotten into it so I don't know the proper technique. I usually just keep my face under water the whole time and come up for air when I need it. I probably look retarded.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: OT Fitness Gurus; Swimming Vs. Running?
Swimming wears me out a whole lot more than running.


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re: OT Fitness Gurus; Swimming Vs. Running?
When done right, swimming is a much harder workout than running ever can be....


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re: OT Fitness Gurus; Swimming Vs. Running?
If you've got a knee injury and aren't already a dedicated swimmer, then you'll likely end up learning bad form in the pool by compensating for your injury. That being said, you will still get a great workout.


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HerbEaverstinks
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re: OT Fitness Gurus; Swimming Vs. Running?
I coach swimming and have worked with a lot of very young swimmers. It is important to do the strokes correctly, but they are not hard to learn. You can learn a lot just by going to the indoor facilities where lap swim is going on, plus You Tube has many quality instructional videos. It is a tremendous way to work out, the scenery ain't bad and there is a lot of things to learn to keep you interested, such as the starts, turns, ect. You may want to get some flippers to build the leg strength back up. Definitely do kick board work. All pools let you use those for free.


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LSUAlum2001
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re: OT Fitness Gurus; Swimming Vs. Running?
If you're still rehabbing, take it easy when you're swimming.

My knee felt a little weird when I tried some fast laps in the pool after ACL reconstruction..


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beaverfever
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When done right, swimming is a much harder workout than running ever can be....
I wouldn't necessarily say it's harder cuz I imagine long distance running is an absolute bitch, but I much prefer the look of a swimmer to a runner. A hardcore swimmer usually has the body the chicks like (nice pecs and arms). Runners look scrawny.


HerbEaverstinks
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re: OT Fitness Gurus; Swimming Vs. Running?
I'd have to say it is correct to say swimming is a harder workout if done correctly. You have to make the turns and do the strokes right and there is always room for improvement in what you are doing strokewise. Try a IM: butterfly, back, breast, free and you'll see if you keep going and do all the turns right (the back is a backhand touch, not the flip turn, ect.) That's much harder than running. Do a backstroke, say a 200, with the flip turns, counting your strokes in from the flag. You have to figure out where you make the blind turn onto your stomach and then do the flip and come back up in stroke on your back ... Stay in the correct breast stroke. Come up and make a full blast freestyle turn ... Do the correct backstroke start. Hell, the free start off the blocks takes a lot of coordination ... Oh, and the breaststroke legal start off the blocks is hard as hell to learn.

And yes, if you are rehabbing, start slow. You may just want to walk in the water to start, depending on the injury. That itself is a tremendous workout.
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re: OT Fitness Gurus; Swimming Vs. Running?
Easier on all joints and much harder cardio if done correctly.


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TigersRuleTheEarth
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re: OT Fitness Gurus; Swimming Vs. Running?
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My question is, how does swimming compare to running or other cardio training for weight loss?


I've heard many fintess nuts say that it is the best cardio you can do. It works the entire body.


LSUChamp06
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re: OT Fitness Gurus; Swimming Vs. Running?
The swimming part of an Iron Man is 2.4 miles and the running part is 26 miles.

Any more questions?


FootballNostradamus
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re: OT Fitness Gurus; Swimming Vs. Running?
Swimming >>>>>>>>> almost any other workout

Swimming >>>>>>xInfinity>>>>>> running


NorthEnd
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re: OT Fitness Gurus; Swimming Vs. Running?
I've done an Ironman--it's much much harder to run 26.2 than it is to swim 2.4. It's not even close. However, a 1 hour swim workout should burn very similar calories to a one hour run, and it's a total body workout with lower impact. The trick is to make yourself push hard, and I'm not able to push myself in the pool unless I'm with a group that's making me keep up the pace.


FootballNostradamus
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I've done an Ironman--it's much much harder to run 26.2 than it is to swim 2.4. It's not even close.


This is your opinion, but most would disagree with this statement entirely.

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However, a 1 hour swim workout should burn very similar calories to a one hour run.


Lol, no offense but this is one of the most incorrect statements of all-time. Swimming burns exponentially more calories per minute than running. Exercising in a primarily anaerobic environment is significantly more beneficial to your respiratory system. Factor in the fact that swimming also incorporates a resistance and strength training aspect into the workout, and it's substantially more beneficial than running.


Homey the Clown
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re: OT Fitness Gurus; Swimming Vs. Running?
A few years ago, a buddy of mine came home from the marines. We started working out together, and at that time I was running about 4 miles (@9min/mile) four times a week. He made me go swim laps with him a few times and that was way harder than running four miles. My entire body was worn the frick out.


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Homey the Clown
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The swimming part of an Iron Man is 2.4 miles and the running part is 26 miles.


This about sums it up.


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