Should You Run Or Swim?

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Whether you decide to run or swim, they both help you lose weight and enhance cardio fitness. It’s just the benefits of swimming outweigh those of conducting for many reasons.

What’s so good about Swimming?

Synergistic impact in water – strengthens the body
Burns Calories
Keeps blood pressure down – great cardiovascular workout without straining the heart.
Weightlessness of water – no pressure on the joints, lengthens the spine
Resistance Effect
A amazing natural advantage to swimming is your immunity effect. Water is 1000 times more dense than air, so once you swim, it’s like weight training without the dumbbells. The water itself is your weight training.

You get a whole body workout once you swim that puts very little stress on your joints. This includes the legs, core, the upper and lower back, the arms, chest and shoulders.

Exactly like weight training, swimming engages and tones muscle due to the resistance. Although running is a fantastic cardio workout, it does little to improve a dynamic muscular body.

Burns the Calories

A moderate-intensity workout classifies maintaining your heart-rate at 50-70 % of maximum heart rate.

A rigorous workout runs in 70-85 % maximum heart-rate. This can vary based on your weight. The heavier you are, the more calories you burn off. By burning 500 calories more than you eat every day, you can lose a pound of fat per week. Okay, this doesn’t sound much. But think long-term. After a month you may lose about 4-5 pounds – almost half a stone. Multiply that by 6 months and you’ve lost two stone of body fat.

Why Swimming assists the Heart Work More Efficiently?

When the body is in an upright position (e.g. when jump or run),the heart has to work hard to pump blood and oxygen to and from the lower extremities. This increase demand on the heart can lead to spikes in blood pressure – not great for the heart.

The American College of Sports Medicine states: ‘Swimming works the cardiovascular system without inducing major increases in blood pressure.’ Because the body is in a horizontal position whilst swimming, the heart does have to work as hard. There is almost no gravity involved, so the blood pressure stays down.

The Weightlessness of Water

Still another benefit swimming has over jogging, is the weightlessness effect in water. At the close of each stroke – breast stroke, freestyle and so on, your body stretches out. Because the water holds your body up, it lets you stretch out whilst in motion. The spine can then lengthen, elongating the gaps between the vertebrae.

Physiotherapists encourage patients with disc problems to swim as a result of this spine lengthening effect. It takes pressure off the disks.

Running generally has great advantages.

It reduces the chances of contracting:-

The risks of long distance running without a supervised trainer needs consideration however. They can advice you on nutrition, rest and good running technique. For safety reasons:- A medical check to keep an eye out for heart conditions, bio mechanical difficulties or other risk factors are essential.

The advice to runners is to increase vitamin C, get plenty of sleep and prevent outside stresses. This helps recuperation and boosts immunity.

In Conclusion

I don’t want to put runners away what they love doing. It is health benefits are undeniable. However, long distance running does place enormous strains on the ankle, knee and hip joints.

Swimming has pluses for strength, weight loss, Animal-Pros, low joint strain and cardiovascular endurance.

There’s no negative points about swimming besides the necessity to learn how to swim. It can be an issue for many who were not introduced to the water from a young age. I say, it’s never too late to learn. Swimming lessons aren’t expensive and there are loads of instructors pool side whatever venue you choose.

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