Calorie-burners: Swimming vs. Running


Swimming Burns more Calories than Running

Most people think that running is a crucial part of an exercise plan that's designed to help someone lose weight. While it's true that running can burn a lot of calories, it may not be the best way to rapidly lose weight. Believe it or not, a good swimming workout almost always burns more calories than running does. It should be noted that this depends on how fast you run versus how fast you swim and it also varies by the stroke that you use when swimming. However, as a general rule, you are going to burn more calories when you're swimming than when you're running. And if you're anything like me, you think swimming is a whole lot more fun!

Personally, I don't like to run. I've never gotten the ‘runner's high'. I've never felt pleased with myself after pushing my body to run. And I've never really stuck with any running-based exercise regime for long because it's not something that's at all enjoyable to me. Swimming, on the other hand, is something that I can enjoy. It's relaxing. It's that "summer sport" that can be enjoyed leisurely but it can also be done throughout the rest of the year in a gym or fitness center. Because I prefer swimming to running, I was pleased to find out that a quality swimming workout actually burns more calories than running does.

Of course, there are some drawbacks to using swimming instead of running as your main form of weight loss exercise. The main thing is that it's easier to find a place to run than it is to find a place to swim. Unless you're really averse to running in various climates, you can step outside anywhere and start to run. Running can be done on vacation and around the neighborhood. In contrast, swimming requires that you have a pool. Most people can find a pool at their vacation hotel or at their neighborhood gym but it's certainly not as simple as finding a place to run.

People who don't necessarily prefer one to the other frequently find that a fitness program that combines both running and swimming is a great combination. There are a lot of running benefits as well as a lot of swimming benefits. A good swimming workout may burn more calories but running also gets your heart rate going and will help you to lose weight. The benefit to a fitness routine that includes both types of exercise is that you will work out different muscles while losing weight. This will give you a more balanced muscle level throughout your body than would a fitness regime that included only swimming or only running. An exercise program that combines two days of running with two days of swimming is one that will give you a total body workout, toning all of your muscles while helping you to lose weight.

Anyone who is interested in learning how many calories they burn during running versus those that they burn during swimming should check out an online calorie burning calculator such as the one available here. Your swimming calories and running calories can both be calculated there. Keep in mind that varied swimming strokes will alter the amount of calories that you burn, with backstroke swimming being the best way to burn calories quickly.

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Agilitybeauty 19 months ago from U.S.A

it's great topic i interested with it, but i always think that running is more effective than swimming in burning calories

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EZ Swim Fitness 3 years ago from Southern Wisconsin


You nailed it - it is so difficult to find a place to swim. Here in the United States, we are making it even harder. The new rules for ADA are harming open access to swimming pools. I am all for helping the ADA but not at the expense of the general populace not having access.

For swimming pools, we must make access simpler and easier.

whatever 4 years ago

Biased article. The writer states saliently that he/she is fond of swimming and dislikes running. No scientific data to support the assertions. Weak.

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Irene 4 years ago

I hate joggn but i struggle to.swimming on the other hand is therapeutic and i love it.i agree that combining both works wonders but the cravings after swimming,damn!im eating a chocolate right now as we speak :-(

ezswimmer 5 years ago

The main item should be to review your heart rate. Increasing your heart rate and strengthening your muscles offers the possibilities of creating a new metabolic state for weight loss. It is not just about calories. It is also about health. Remember you can eat all of the calories you burn plus more. The key is a comprehensive program of diet with sensible exercise that challenges you.

The water offers a customized program - the resistance in the water is specific not to your weight but to your body fat content.

The main item is finding something you enjoy and being consistent. That is the key - have fun!

Marco 5 years ago

I do both and love both :)

They are different type of workouts.

Ana 5 years ago

For those of you who did not grow up on swim team but would like to get involved in organized workouts, maybe even with a coach to give you stroke tips, google the term "USMS places to swim" and pick the area where you live. It'll give you a comprehensive list of pools in you area, workout times, Masters swim club information and contact. DO NOT be intimidated, thinking you'll be swimming next to Michael Phelps. Most teams have plenty of novices. You'll get support and encouragement to help you on your way.

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makeitbetter 5 years ago

Good Information and swimming can burn more calories than running... For more benefits check

Jamie 5 years ago

I hate calories. I think im fat, but no one else does!

gg 5 years ago

Aside from not giving any comparison of workout intensity or duration, this article is false. Per given level of intensity, running burns more calories and focuses on more weight-supportive and larger muscles (legs), which over time, burn more calories. Running also increases the human metabolic rate faster. The advantages of swimming are a low impact, primarily upper body workout. Although swimming actively engages more muscles, it is not more "full body" than running, which also utilizes the entire body in a weighted environment. Swimming also stimulates a stronger appetite, related to human evolutionary adaptations to cold water exposure, so you eat more. Both stimulate cardiovascular health, but significantly more so in running.

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GmaGoldie 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Swimming is so misunderstood. Thank you for showcasing the possibilities.

A couple of facts - our longest and largest muscles are in our legs. If we want to change our metabolism, the fastest way to do this is by building muscle - whatever form is best for you - swimming or running.

Swimming is low impact but swimming is more efficient. Your body reacts amazing to the water. Your resting heart rate drops 15-18 beats per minute! That is a fact you can check out yourself.

The cardio in the water is exceptional. Many people who will not do cardio on land will find it easy in the water - because your heart actually helps you with the cardio.

The low impact is a double edge sword you must be careful of - if you do not build muscle, you will not change your metabolism and weight loss will be more difficult.

Weight loss is about diet, cardio and muscle. Health is much more than weight loss, health is about stretching your muscles, knowing your resting heart rate and your other health metrics that are important to your body.

The term swimming is difficult for me. Less than 5% of the populace can swim laps. They can swim full immersion but don't have the strength, proper breathing to make it their exercise program of choice initially. Swim Fitness includes everything - full immersion, water Zumba, water kickboxing, resistance training in the water and gets you in the water realizing what a great environment the water offers.

The simplest way to track your health on your own is your resting heart rate. Whatever exercise program you choose, you must enjoy it. Whatever your ailments, your heart is key to all of your vitals. Learn what your resting heart rate is and track it on a regular basis over months at a time.

You nailed - if you don't like running, running is not the program for you. Check out swim fitness, check out cycling - whatever you do target the largest and longest muscles and your cardio will be included in your exercise program.

Excellent source of information. Thank you!

PS YOUR BACK - Swim Fitness is great for your back because you are building your core muscles which support your back.

YOUR KNEES - Swim Fitness is great for your knees IF you target tone your legs. Your leg muscles protect your knee joint. Be sure to kick with your leg not with your knee joint when swimming.

PSS If you like swim fitness and not running, guess which one you will spend more time with consistently?

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hypnosis4u2 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Both swimming and running are excellent forms of exercise. I'm not sure one over other burns more calories but for fat burning neither needs to be for long as both forms of exercise can be used for interval training which cna burn more calories in a short 20-minute work out than in a 60-minute slow swimming or jogging session.

RossF 5 years ago

it depends how strong the swimmer is. A person who can only swim breaststroke slow is never going burn as many calories as any form of running, however butterfly would compete with anything in general terms. Swimming is better it increase lung capascity, better on core muscles and is low impact aswell as more variation however i still believe running burns more calories shelly swimming requires more skill then running clearly you do not know what you are talking about try swimming a mile frontcrawl and see which one is harder.

Shelly 5 years ago

This article is biased and not true. sorry but look at all of the calorie calculators. Stop trying to make swimmers feel better just cuz they cant run a mile.

alexb 5 years ago

There is no way in hell you burn more calories swimming than running. Did you do any research before you wrote this?

Dan 5 years ago

I'm sorry, but this article is baseless and incorrect. I am a triathlete and monitor calories/heart rate very closely. Unless you are in a dead sprint, you will hardly ever be able to get your heart rate up to running intensity. Although it certainly has it's place as a challenging workout, swimming is in fact a very bad exercise for burning calories! Even your reference links prove this!!

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Rob Jundt 5 years ago from Midwest USA


Thanks for such a great article. Like you, I am not a runner. I ran track in high school, but never found the rush as you refer to it. Swimming, on the other hand, is addictive for me. Since it is not as high impact as running, and given that it does burn more calories, it has since become my first choice of staying in shape. Along with biking swimming is a major rush.

Rob J.

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Jennie Demario 5 years ago from Floating in the clouds

I agree that Swimming > Running. As per the debate about calorie burning it all comes down to intensity and physical exertion. Swimming is a complete full body workout, is much better for the joints, and helps lung capacity. Running is too high impact for me.

SC 5 years ago

i think it depends on your body. If you're overweight and running is too stressful onto your legs, you should go swimming (like me), my legs always hurt after I run for a long time, and plus i really suck at running. That's why I go swimming. But some people are bad at swimming, so they should go running instead. So I think the amount of fat burned depends on which one you are better at. Running without consistency is not good, bad swimming techniques wouldn't work most of the muscles like a lot of people said either. GO FOR WHAT YOU'RE GOOD AT.

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RalphGreene 5 years ago

Yeah, I agree. Swimming is better than running when it comes to burning calories.

Matt 5 years ago

Not a chance, you need to understand you have to pysh yourself, ie 5 miles in around 1.5 - 2 hours including sprints pull kick and endurance sets (33 seconds for 50 yards) using 4 strokes , kills my cross country practice. Next time you try swimming try doing 20 100 yards on 1:10 each and tell me if your heart rate isn't the highest it's ever been. swimming season I lose weight, cross country I stay the same, track I gain

Hiit 5 years ago

swimming is also good for your back

Dr Hasan Salam Khan 5 years ago

As for myself I tend to enjoy both. And I feel to include both in my fitness routine to stay in shape. But for humid countries like Pakistan, swimming does have a soaring past time family fun advantage.

Cold Weather Runner 5 years ago

When I began doing triathlons a few years ago, it was the first time I had ever lap swam. I found that it actually helped my running by improving my lungs. I think there is alot to be said for doing both. It is hard to deny that running is an easier access sport -- you can do it anytime, anywhere.

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eugeneteddy20 5 years ago from Miri,Sarawak,Malaysia

i like both swimming and running.awesome sports !

T K 5 years ago

I am happy to see that other people are mentioning how this page is not true. The internet is great, but one of the terrible things it does is create a false sense of legitimacy; when people read a page on the internet they somehow feel that it must be true. Also, when uninformed people make a webpage, they all of the sudden feel like an expert in a certain field.

Swimming does not burn more calories than running, unless in the case of this author, whom by the sounds of it, hates running and has probably never ran continuously for more than 10 minutes (in which case, obviously swimming for an hour burns more calories than running for ten minutes). This is sad to read such falsely informed garbage.

Bob Patocchi 6 years ago

I swim and I think that to loose weight one has to swim vigorously. If a person swims easy then the water does not offer much resistance. It is far easier to swim easy, than it is to run easy. ( But the faster you go when you swim the greater the resistance. When one goes fast, a lot more calories get burned. If one walks in the water one would burn less than if you walked on land because you weigh less in water than in land so to speak. The same is true with easy swimming. A swimmer has to work hard to burn calories but if he does he will burn just as much as if he runs.

Stability Running Shoes 6 years ago

hey there,

Swimming and Running are by far the most exciting and rewarding ways to lose calories.

I have done both for years, and I can say that I'm starting to lean a little bit more towards running because it doesn't involve dry skin from the chlorine of a pool.

But I always switch it up, you gotta do a little bit of everything.

Great article by the way!



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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Love swim fitness. Swim fitness doesn't have to mean full immersion. Also, many hotels and high schools open up their swimming pools so the water exercise is readily available.

Swimming with a fitness tool is a great way to target tone the legs. If we can build muscle in the largest and longest muscles in our body, we can change our metabolism. We don't have to swim full immersion.

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taipalag 6 years ago from Belgium

Another great thing about swimming is that the gear is inexpensive. Get a swim cap, swim goggles and a swim suit and you're done!

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Glemoh101 6 years ago

swimming is the best but not every one know how to swim , so you can run this helping too and if you cant run you can walk .. all this exercises helping in weight loss.

OR if you can swim , run or walk you can eat fat burning foods.

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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


Swimming is the very best form of fitness. It provides 360 degrees of resistance, it lowers your resting heart rate 15-18 bpm and of course it is low impact. Great motivational article on the best form of exercise.

Swim fitness does have something to offer for everyone. It is not just full immersion lap swimming. Water calisthenics, aquatic kick boxing and water aerobics offers varying degrees of intensity.

Endless Pools Swimming Machines 6 years ago

Swimming definitely provides a better full body workout with-out the pounding on muscles and joints felt on land. Unlike running, it's also an exercise you can do at almost any age.

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rswebb 6 years ago from Orem, UT

I love swimming and will choose it over running except for one small thing that I dislike about swimming. Its the chlorine put in the pools. I can't stand the smell and it makes my body itch. I need to find a way to get to the ocean more or some other way to avoid the chlorine...

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dablufox 6 years ago from Australia

I think swimming is better because it is low impact and swimming can actually speed up recovery from a running session or weights, although the downside of swimming is that not everyone can swim and if you don't live near the ocean you have to either own a big pool of go to one.

fatguy 6 years ago

you guys are all fat other wise you would be out running or swimming already instead of pretending that your not lazy and go on the internet to search good exercises that you wish you were not lazy enough to do!

DSK16 6 years ago

Actually in order to lose weight you have to do a variety of sports for example i cant only let u eat the same fruit everyday for vitamins or fiber as it helps in different ways,same to running and swimming. BUT!!!For your info swimming burns very little calories and swimming slowly is even worst,but compare to running , even if u jog slowly it burns more calories than swimming if you are planning to lose weight u should do both but when it comes to calories,RUNNING IS THE BEST!

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mirtlesquirtle 6 years ago

I know this. I am a swimmer and a runner. I do notice that I always lose a lot of weight when I am swimming compared to when I am running. Thank you for the article.

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Ironracer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Good stuff. Swimming is a great non-impact way to stay fit. The only thing I hate about swimming is the chlorine! I agree that you can burn more calories swimming. I wish my HRM worked in the water, so I could confirm! Cheers.

helium 6 years ago

Thanks alot for the info, would be nice to swim, but all in all i think swimming would be more time consuming. Get to pool, swim, get washed, go home. Where i can run anywhere and be home and washed in half the time.

what are calories 6 years ago

Another great hub! Top work.. love the comments as well. Lots of good info there.

jak 6 years ago

how come every other website says that running burns more calories than swimming. (btw the websites i visted are by researchers from the university of califonia)

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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa

Thanks for the info. Hm, I've never been much of a great swimmer, and used to run a lot. Then turned to race-walking, which I found did more for me than running. A bit sedentary now and I must get back into something soon - maybe a pool...:)

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pvajda 6 years ago from Mauerbach

Well done; perfect job!

In addition to that I wanted just to add that the main reason why you loose more calories at swimming is because the body has also to establish your body temperature in the water because of that you are additionally loosing weight in addition to the the muscular activity.

best regards Philipp

ram123 6 years ago

Having extra pounds of fat is huge disadvantage in running but not in swimming. I don't quite understand the logic, if today I gain 20 pounds, how is it possible that I burn the same amount of calories in running and swimming. If fact in water I weight less with extra 20 pounds of fat.

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chrysstil 6 years ago

I like swimming very much! Good hub.

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MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

I have always preferred running to swimming but as I grow older the swimming seems to take less of a toll on my joints.

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Samtl 6 years ago

Really useful information. I usually incorporate a day of running then a day of swimming, because like you said it helps for a more full body workout. I love the effect that swimming has had on my shoulders.

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Motor leathers 6 years ago

Hm... Thanks for useful info. I really like swimming, but have no time for going out for swimming. At this rate I just do running just to keep fit.

Casju 6 years ago

I swim and run everyday, so I don't know if to swim before or after I run, what do you think? I'm a competitive 5k runner, while I swim just because it feels good, even though I'll never be as competitive in swimming since my arms are so short. So, now that it's summer and I have so much free time, what should I do with swimming? Do it before or after running?

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swosugrad09 6 years ago from Oklahoma

Wow I did not know this, thanks so much for sharing! Guess I need to ditch the tennis shoes and get some goggles.

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sporn 6 years ago from Australia

The fat burning effects of swimming vs running is all down to the range of your heartbeat (zone training). It's much easier to maintain a constant heart rate swimming as you don't have to deal with hills and uneven surfaces.

debbiedowner 6 years ago

Swimming does not burn more calories than running unless you are practically walking...

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lender3212000 6 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

I've always done well using both in my workout routine. This keeps my body from getting into a rut where I stop losing weight. Even though swimming is more of a calorie torching approach, there is definitely something to be said for incorporating both.

Javier Mery 6 years ago

Running does NOT burn more calories than swimming, its a proven fact. and anyone that says it does, is only cause they dont like swimming, and find it to hard of a sport to do themself

fanta22 6 years ago

To the name "swimmer"'re calling people 'rude' for saying that people disagree and running may burn more calories?? Think again... what about people that say that swimming is a much better workout and burns more calories? Anyways i used to be a swimmer but now I'm a runner and I don't mean to be rude myself but I'm sick of all the swimmers thinking that swimming is so much better than running. Running is harder on the body. I understand treading through water rather than air is harder, but running does burn more calories. Swimming and track run at the same time at my school, and a lot of the swimmers always put us down about running, as if running isn't hard at all, and none of us runners tell swimmers that (i know i am now but i'm talking about in general)

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fucsia 6 years ago

I love to run .... and I think that maybe the calories consumed are more in running than swimming. but it is also true that for those who suffer from overweight, swimming is the best sport: the impact with the ground in the run can cause joint problems and is a good idea to run only when you lose excess weight.

swimmer 6 years ago

i totally agree, swimming is the way to be and it does in fact burn more calories. I don't know what rude person says it doesn't and said you're wrong, but haha, they're the ones who are wrong...swimming rox!

nightrunner 6 years ago

Nice hub! Combination of running/jogging, swimming and biking has worked for me. However, I've begun liking jogging over swimming and biking over time, even though jogging was the most painful thing initially. I might have been getting the 'runner's high' lately!!

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boisterousbabe 6 years ago

Thanks for this hub!

It's very insightful, I've just started trying to lose weight after a much needed time of gaining weight!

I'm fortunate to live in the middle east and have easy access to a pool so I am very glad that swimming burns more calories than running, as i HATE running! Lol.

I do know that walking is better at burning fat then running is...if that is of any benefit to anyone who doesn't like running/swimming...if its just fat your trying to shift now...go for a nice long walk!

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jeunefemme 6 years ago

I'm not sure I agree with the information in this hub. Calorie burn is dependent on many factors. However, most reports show running, even at a moderate pace, as a higher calorie-burner than similar swimming efforts. That being said, what is important to any workout program is that the person enjoys the activity and is motivated to keep at it. Good luck with the swimming!

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kingsti 6 years ago

High volume running can be counter productive and negatively impact one's immune system, not to mention knee joints and ligaments. I have found short-burst sprinting to be time efficient and an effective fat burning exercise (benefits last for hours after sprinting - referred to as EPOC - exercise/excess post oxygen consumption). Based upon Tabata protocols, such short term intensity exercises have a lot of supporting research. See


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swimrun 6 years ago

I have been a competitive runner and a swimmer all thru my childhood years but recently hadn't swam for approx 10yrs only ran. When I re-joined a swim club and swam hard the weight dropped from me. I had previously been running around 10k a day before that and was at 9st. After swapping to swimming to give my joints a rest I dropped even more altho i hadn't planned to. I had to cut back on the swimming to put some weight back on. To get the best from swimming you need to be able to swim correctly. If its taking you 30mins to splash up and down to do 8lengths then I do not see how it will be better than running but if you can swim swim then 45mins hard is excellent. Now I combine both.

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Ineedpampering 6 years ago from Manchester

I enjoy a good swim but alas I cant get my breathing right and so constantly end up with a mouthful of water coughing and spluttering everywhere...running is mile better for me although my knees are now starting to go.....

Dont get any side effects when sitting, so maybe ill just do that for hours on end

starberry99 7 years ago

I'm not trying to bag on this article, but i must say i disagreee. I am both a runner and a swimmer and i enjoy both very much, but every other thing that i've heard, running burns more calories than swimming does. I've read this, heard this, and have even had coaches and doctors say that running burns more calories than swimming. Swimming does, however, burn a lot of calories, but i think it's a bit over the top to say that it burns more calories than running does. And i do enjoy swimming, in fact when i was little everyone told me that i was a little swimmer bug and they couldn't ever take me out of the pool, and with running well i didn't really like it as much as i was just good at it. But then i did both and realized how much i love running, especially long distance Cross Country, but i do enjoy swimming and its a very hard workout too, but I'm just telling you my opinion- i don't believe swimming burns more calories than running...

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theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

Very interesting Hub. I am a runner. I love the runners high and I love the 'pain' my body feels after a good 10K race or longer run. I never imagined that swimming could be so good for you. I may need to find a place to swim this summer!

mzoghori 7 years ago

Swimming and runnnig are perfect natural ways to burn calories and loose weight. Have you tried mixing either of them with Acai Berry suppliments? Believe me when I say so, you will surely loose weight more faster than if you only ran and did some swimming only. Acai Berry suppliments are natural and come with lots of benefits other than just loosing weight. They can provide your body with more stamina ,energy levels and also increase your immune system greatly. These berries have been seen to have a very high antioxidant concentration in them. Antioxidants are the body's fuel for fighting off radicals (nasty little molecules that come from cigarette smoke, pollutants, pesticides etc). Research is still going on to find out if the high levels of antioxidants in the Acai Berry can help in fighting cancer cells.

insurgentes 7 years ago

I hear how people are saying that swimming increases weight due to overeating after swimming.

Its pretty easy to counter, just jog home, run, any kind of cardio outside the pool, like i do.

I swim 6 days a week, run 3-4 days a week, weights 3 days a week and martial arts once a week. works for me.

jacky 7 years ago

hey very good info

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lowerabworkout 7 years ago

My vote is also for swimming because it uses a wider range of muscles and also is easier on the joints. I agree that you do kind of need a swimming pool to do it, and you need to dry off and all that, so there is a convenience factor that goes with running.

coach 7 years ago

As a swimcoach I prefer swimming. But if someone asks me what the best way is to lose weight I suggest to start to run. And start swimming when you can make time for it. Running is so much easier to start. Just put on some shoes and start walking. After a few weeks you will want to do something else. Then swimming will be your best second choice. And if you start to like swimming you will enjoy it even more if you see your results in weightloss and body toning.

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Fresh_Flower 7 years ago from London

Hmmm, I think one should combine swimming AND running. Eg. I try to swim 3 times a week + that I run twice per week. Suits me pretty good.

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infoforall 7 years ago

I agree swimming is one of the best exercises you can do without high impact on your joints. This article will help those who are in need of a workout that have joint problems.

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magdielqr 7 years ago

Excellent article

Michael Malahosky 7 years ago

I am 64 years of age. I am "FAT"... I have approximately 50 lbs. I would like to turn my flab (around my breasts, stomach, arms, legs, etc.) into more muscle. I am not able to do many exercises due to many injuries to my knees and back. What can I do to lose weight, look better and feel better?

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ciidoctor 7 years ago

Great hub! I used to be on my high school swim team for competition. Swimming is a lot more fun that running. I am not a runner!

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healthgoji 7 years ago

Obviously you can run anywhere but swimming can be easier on the joints.

R. E. DH. 7 years ago

I lost 31 pounds in July by swimming one hundred laps vigorously at least every other day. (Mostly every day) I have had multiple back surgeries which makes running very hard for me so the low-impact appeal of swimming was a perfect fit for me. Because of the surgeries and the daily pain I had ballooned up to 354 pounds!!! (You always ask yourself: When did that happen?!?) As of August first, I weighed in on the Hospital Scale at 323!!! Still much too much weight for someone who is 6'2 let alone any size but the loss speaks for itself. I did happen to plateau for about 4 days but after that kept losing it. I am still leveling off about 2 days every 2 weeks but am literally swimming my butt off! As to the hungry after swimming issue: I have this problem as well. I do not know why this is but I get VERY hungry after swimming. You know how I counter? Salad and Bananas!!! I have been told that being a male and also so heavy are both contributing factors to the rapid weight loss I am experiencing. So, I have already purchased waterproof ankle weights in anticipation. This way I will still be able to swim with the same weight and pull as before! As for running- I LOVE RUNNING! Even at my increased mass I still run short jaunts when I can (Even though I know I'll pay for it pain wise.) There is truth to the "Runner's High" for me as I seem to lose my self in the motion and speed. Maybe that's just me though! For now I'll keep to swimming. As for running: my body just cannot handle the stress. Great thread btw! Good luck all!

John 7 years ago

whatever u say .... I just love doing both .... but thanks ....

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MedlenINK 7 years ago from Toledo, Ohio

One thing that also doesn't get mentioned much is how easy it is to get injured from running, especially when people run on concrete. Swimming on the other hand is an easier exercise in terms of how much wear and tear it does to your body.

Private Jet Prices 7 years ago

You are quite the problogger aren't you, lol. Another great article with fantastic advice. I am really enjoying reading through your different articles.

Inflatable Hot Tub 7 years ago

I enjoy swimming so much better than running, although running is a part of my weekly workout it does not provide me the all body workout that swimming does. Good post!

Coll 7 years ago

"If weight loss is one of the main goals of exercise, however, swimming is not the best choice. Exercise out of water is more effective because air insulates the body, increasing body temperature and metabolism for up to 18 hours. This process expends extra calories after exercise as well as during exercise. In contrast, water conducts heat away from the body, so that body temperature does not rise and metabolism does not remain increased after swimming. Also, swimming tends not to build muscle, because the muscles are supported by the water, which restricts the type of movements the muscles make. And because swimming is not a weight-bearing exercise, it does not help prevent osteoporosis."

Aquaman 7 years ago

I was forced into swimming for my aerobic exercise because I'm now in my late fifties and my joints will no longer allow me to do much hiking or any weight lifting or calisthenics. I have been swimming for a year now three times a week for a half hour to an hour each time. My joints have not complained at all, it has been much easier to keep my weight under control, and people comment on how trim and fit I'm looking these days. I live in south Florida and so outdoor swimming is possible all year, and I can think of no better way to exercise in the Florida summer! (You in the colder climates may need to be concerned about "thermogenesis." We get that each time we step outside, let alone doing yard work! I'm glad for a form of exercise that actually cools me down!) As far as swimming increasing your appetite, that has not been true for me. I seem to swim better on an empty stomach and so I'm often hungry when I get to the pool but by the time I'm finished the hunger pangs are invariably gone. So, I'm now a swimming enthusiast, which is full circle because that's the first form of athletics I got into (a swim team) when I was seven years old.

info help 7 years ago

Great hub! I used to be on my high school swim team for competition. Swimming is a lot more fun that running. I am not a runner!

frankie frank 7 years ago

well when you get hungry u supose to eat just don't eat the grease food man , common not such a hard thing to do go to the vitamin store look for high protein low calorie low carb suplements and mix with skim milk. get the and aplyfy double chocolate is the best tasting belive me i have gone thru lots os protein shake and they taste auwful....

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ZSY264 7 years ago

This may seem shallow but swimming pools are mostly uninviting to swim in, what with all the phelgm and snot...sorry if this disgusted you. But your support for it really tempts me to try it out again after a hiatus of 3 months. Great article by the way!

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peterslove 7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

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Covert Hypnosis 1 7 years ago

Thanks - I do both like running and swimming, and I like that you don't bash running, haha :-)

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It has been shown in studies that people engaged in routine workout activities of swimming are more likely to gain weight due to the increased desire to consume after swimming. Compared to running and biking, these two actually decrease caloric desires after excercise.

Hydraujoint 7 years ago

Good to know, a lot of the people i talk to can't run.

Following geogaddi comment, I advsie not eating afterwards for a couple of hours.

Any exercise is good exercise, some is more efficient and with the right knowledge it can be a lot easier to loose weight or maintain the weight loss.

Keep moving regardless.

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creativeMind 7 years ago from Cochin

i think swimming is more effective than running

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geogaddi 7 years ago

It has been shown in studies that people engaged in routine workout activities of swimming are more likely to gain weight due to the increased desire to consume after swimming. Compared to running and biking, these two actually decrease caloric desires after excercise.

iMindMap 7 years ago

I do a lot of running and swimming myself. It is true that you swimming is a better choice.

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TheSandman 8 years ago

I have a bad Knee and bad hip and may need replacement of both. I have played three major sports, baseball, football and basketball in high school and college, but that was forthy years ago. I still cinsuder my self for my age in good shape but about 30 pound over weight, I weight 195 at 5 foot 10. I just bought a recumbembent bike 2 days ago What do you thik of these?

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Amber 8 years ago

ya. water provides extra resistance to burn extra calories.

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perfectweight 8 years ago

Great information! Who would think there was such a difference in the type of exercise you choose? Swimming is on my list of exercises now.

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livelovecoffee 8 years ago from Georgia

Great Hub! I think both of these excersises is a great way to burn calories, and both should be used in a work out routine.

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barryrutherford 8 years ago from Queensland Australia

just come back from the pool. Always feel better every time .great for the mood- gauranteed. As well as doing laps I do a few other exercises such as somersaults both ways forward & back to loosen & flex the spine safely & tread water for five minutes & try & use most of the body in the process...

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Happy World 8 years ago from Slovenia, Europe

Swimming is definitely the best workout for the body. Not only do you use more muscles but you also spare your joints and bones. Anyway the most important is that you enjoy your workout what ever it my be.

Dev 8 years ago

I believe swimming burn more calories...swimming works more muscle group: neck, back, shoulders, triceps and biceps, chest, abs, gluts and legs. Running aslo work some of the same muscle group but not more than swimming...If u dont believe, Try running a mile then swimming a mile...


kevinb. 8 years ago


nice article...i don't like running either...round & round & round...where the heck am i going-back to the same place i started. BOOORRRING! i run a few miles...find a field run hard to and fro....then, hit that pool!

evan1sblue 8 years ago

Not true. Swimming does not induce as much thermogenesis, as the body does not have to work as hard post-exercise to cool down. To the first comment--adults do not have much brown fat. Infants do, but adults do not.

Either will work to control weight, provided you do not overcompensate afterwards (i.e. I just ran a mile, so I can have an entire cheesecake!).

Doing something you enjoy will have more benefits, as you will stick with it longer.

However...running DOES burn more calories. Check your facts, and don't believe everything you read, especially on the internet.

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ajcor 8 years ago from NSW. Australia

Thanks Kathryn very timely for me - had a nasty back accident so anything that involves walking/running up hills or slopes or distance is out but swimming is about to become my no 1 exercise - cheers.

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Mark Salinas 8 years ago

Swimming is a fantastic workout indeed. My problem is the whole breathing thing creeps me out! Running is a nice addition to my fitness routine. Nice Hub!

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Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Great Hub Kathryn. I definitely do think that swimming is a great fat burning exercise. However, it is not everybody's cup of tea. First of all, you need to learn swimming. The next problem can be finding a place to swim. Indian girls are reluctant to wear swimming costume and swim in the sea and swimming pools charge too much. One of my friends even got an allergy after using a swimming pool.

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cflynn 8 years ago from Ireland

great information. I am the opposite to you...comfortable running and never got in the zone the drowning sensation when you get tired!!! that spoils it for me, water up the nose heugh heugh,.. if defense of running isn't weight bearing exercise better for driving calcium into your bones? Swimming is better for the whole body strength and balance tho.

Nick 8 years ago

If you doubt swimming is less difficult than running try it. I know people who can run really well but are completely stumped when in the water because it works more muscles than running does.

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AndyBaker 8 years ago from UK

Thanks -I'm a keen runner, but swimming is also highly recommended. Problem is, many pools are so crowded these days.

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KateWest 8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Yes, I hated running too until I started doing it more. Now I still hate the before and during, but love the after. Will have to check out swimming now too. And I'm sure that sport has a ton of fans now thanks to Mr. Phelps ....

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02SmithA 8 years ago from Ohio

I've always heard swimming was really good for you, sounds like that was definitely the truth!

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vipey 8 years ago

thank you

that gives me some motivation to go to the gym now

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Mark Pearson 8 years ago from UK

Prefer to get on my bike and see a bit of the countryside. Doesn't feel like exercise then.

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Paraglider 8 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Running with poor technique or with the wrong footwear can cause joint problems, especially on hard surfaces (road running). It's great exercise but has to approached the right way. Recovery days are essential. Hill running burns far more calories and also exercises the abdominals. But it's hard! Hill swimming on the other hand...

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tanvir munim 8 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

i got results with combined exercise of swimming and burning. Good analysis!

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New Day 8 years ago from Western United States

For me, it is easier to put on a pair of shoes and just go running. I don't own a pool, but I do own a pair of legs. Good hub.

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kettlebellnathan 8 years ago from Calgary, Canada

I hate jogging and swimming! For fat burning I prefer hill sprints or kettlebell workouts. That being said, jogging is better for fat loss. I think swimming in cold water has some funny effects on metabolism and causes people to overeat. There are so many fat swimmers I have trouble believing it is a good fat burning workout!

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hopefully 8 years ago

Swimming is great, but like anything it is probably how intense you do it. When I was in an adult swim squad many years ago, if the coaches thought we were looking a bit flabby, they'd make us do the sets with fins on. That really gets the heart pumping and is great for the legs and butt!

I understand that we should combine swimming with a weight bearing exercise as we get older particularly as it affects our bone density.

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Hooksey 8 years ago from Virginia

Hmmm Good article, and this is coming from a Track runner!!! I've always been interested in swimming, but was always involved with either track or football. I know that running can be a big burden on your knees and shins, while swimming poses virtually no strain or stress on joints and bones. Swimming or water aerobics can be done at almost any age, that makes it very attractive.

jon smith 8 years ago

you are wrong

swimming does not burn more calories than running. As a zero impact exercise, it is impossible for swimming to burn more calories than running at the same intensity. Even your link that is a reference shows that running burns more calories than swimming. Yes it is a good idea to combine bith running and swimming into your workouts, but i recommend you stop giving workout advice to people because you do not know anything yourself!

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2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Thanks for this. I love running but haven't been able to for years (knee probs) & .often feel swimming is a soft option although I enjoy it. This will encourage me to swim more often

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mini-mela 8 years ago

really informational. i find i get hungrier after swimming which defeats my high-burning workout whereas i'm less hungry after i go for a good run. :P but that's just me...

highwaystar 8 years ago

Thanks for sharing releavnt info, great hub...swimming isn't a weight bearing exercise like running, both have advantages depending on your physical abilities and body structure. Swimming in cold water increases metabolic rate, so when you shiver your burn more calories faster in order to keep warm, body temperature is almost completely fueled by fat, especially brown fat which is more responsive and metabolically active (the flab that makes you look fat is white fat).

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