Swimming.......

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    Feb 09, 2009 4:54 AM GMT
    Is swimming really cracked up to what its said to be????? Ive heard many different opinions on its effectiveness to get a toned body.
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    Feb 10, 2009 3:05 AM GMT
    Depends on how you want to train.. I'm training over 8000 yrds a day, mostly aerobic sets, but that's not really the typical working-man workout.


    But for me it's worked.. haha
  • calibro

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    Feb 10, 2009 3:20 AM GMT
    Swimming is a great exercise for your health. It's a full-body workout that combines aerobic and anaerobic training. Other benefits include zero impact on the joints and weight-resisted cardio.

    In terms of other points, it depends what your goals are. Studies show that swimming is bad if you're trying to lose weight. Why? Despite the fact that you burn a lot of calories, people who swim tend to feel hungrier and consume more food after workouts rather than those who run or cycle (those two in particular actually make you less hungry). Swimming is also done in a chilled environment, meaning your after burn does not last very long since your body doesn't need to use as much energy to cool down once you get out of the pool. Also, swimming tends to exhaust most people; once they finish their workouts, they tend to fall asleep and not be active for the rest of the day.

    Swimmers are known for having higher body fat percentages than other athletes. It's not that you can't be a lean swimmer, but if you look at people like Michael Phelps, who has a great body, you can see he's not nearly as defined as say a sprinter or diver.

    So depends on what you want. I swim a mile a day and can't really imagine not swimming, but I don't swim to maintain a body shape, but rather I enjoy it. If you're looking to get lean, you're better off with other forms of cardio, but if you want to have a great overall exercise or do something in addition to other cardio, then swimming is a good choice.
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    Feb 10, 2009 1:57 PM GMT

    look at my pic on the left. it was taken when I was a competitive swimmer at U of Miami. Until I graduated, I had never even been to a gym in my entire life.
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    Feb 10, 2009 2:12 PM GMT
    it was great for me... kept me nice n' lean!
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    Feb 10, 2009 2:23 PM GMT
    Swimming for me has always been a great part of my workout. I do 1000 yards almost every other day, and lift on the alt. days. This all keeps me looking and feeling my best. I do essentially the same workout they taught us when I played H20-polo in college. I like swimming over running because you can't hurt your back or knees that way - and you don't have to deal with cars.
  • zakariahzol

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    Feb 10, 2009 3:05 PM GMT
    Swimming is great , but a little troublesome for me. I have to go to the swimming pool, bring towel/trunk and google. What if I bring my laptop with me, where can I store it.Swimming pool have its hour of operation in comparison to jogging or running. I also get distructed by some good looking guys with big bulge and mascular shape. So I end up looking at guys rather than exercising.

    Running are more convienience for me. But when I am tired of running I can always go swimming.
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    Feb 11, 2009 4:40 AM GMT
    swimming IS what people say it is. for one, it works muscles that you don't work on land, it's GREAT for cardio and it's no-impact which means you dont have to worry about having fractures in your bones. that's also doesnt mean you're exempt from tendonitis in your shoulders. yea swimming 8000+ is a typical workout for me because i mainly swam distance (500 and 1650 etc.)