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Lauren asked in HealthDiet & Fitness · 9 years ago

Swimming as good as cardio?

Soo I workout every day. I go on the eliptical (weight loss mode) for 35 minutes and burn around 330 calories. I want to change it up a bit so I don't get bored. Is swimming better than the eliptical? I like to swim and was wondering how long you'd have to swim to burn a decent amount of calories. and I'd be swimming laps.

PLEASE HELP :)

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  • 9 years ago

    I swam for most of my life, and my mom wants me to be the next Micheal Phelps heh heh ;)

    Swimming is a cardio exercise, and I never really lost any weight from swimming. I ate mounds of carbs and drank lots of water because swimming made me so hungry. I stayed at the same weight, though.

    But swimming does give you good tone and definition, so go for it! Have fun (:

  • 9 years ago

    Swimming is one of the best ways to exercise. It's safe, it's fun, it offers a wide variety of motion, it's almost no impact, it's extremely low in wear & tear, and it involves the whole body. If you can make it your principal form of aerobic activity, do so. Your body will love you for it.

    There is no good working definition for "cardio". The word "cardio" comes from a trying to differentiate between ordinary aerobics and aerobics used for cardio-vascular fitness. Everything you do is aerobic unless it results in muscle failure or near muscle failure (such as bodybuilders do). So, when it became fashionable to run for cardio-vascular fitness, which involves amping up the heart rate to about 80% of max, they began calling that "cardio" so others would know they meant serious exercise and not a stroll or lazy walk. Now the word "cardio" has been perverted to mean just about any aerobic exercise with no consideration for heart rate. It's used widely in this group and often confuses the communication because it is a poor word to use as are "tone" or "buff"...etc. Bad words impede communication.

    Swimming is almost always an aerobic form of exercise. And, if you swim with vigor and intensity sufficient to elevate your heat rate to 80% of max [0.8x(220-your age)bpm] it will be "cardio". It is also a good form of aerobic exercise because it offers so many degrees of freedom of movement you can get a good variety of muscular exercise from it which you cannot get with running or cycling where you are very restricted in the variety of muscular activity. For example you can do the crawl, the breast stoke, the side stroke, the back stroke, etc. But you can't have variety like that on a treadmill or a stationary bike.

    In regard to calorie burning, swimming is a healthier way to burn calories because you have less risk of injury from repetitive stress, high impact, friction burns, general wear and tear, etc. However, if you want to burn calories to lose fat, the key is not exercise. It's diet.

    Any exercise will burn calories but no exercise will burn fat unless your diet allows it. You can burn fat in your sleep or you can run all day and never burn any fat. It all depends on your diet.

    Fat loss is determined by calorie control, not by exercise. Good exercises for burning calories are speed walking, biking, swimming, and ANY other physical activity which makes you move a lot of weight for a long time. But NO exercise is good for burning fat if you eat too many calories because you can always eat more calories than you can burn.

    Too many people waste energy and time because they do not understand this one simple point. The result is too often giving up in frustration, abandoning gym memberships they continue to pay for, and many other unnecessary problems not the least of which is a lack of success.

    An average person must walk about five miles every day of the week to burn the calories equivalent to a pound of body fat. So, unless you think walking five miles a day or doing that amount of exercise is for you, focus your fat loss program on diet.

    Diet for fat loss. Exercise for fitness.

    I don't know what a "decent" amount of calories is. However, you can calculate your energy burn from swimming (and hundreds of other exercises) on this website --> http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.php . If you need to know how to lose fat, read my answer about how to lose fat --> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=As615...

    Good luck and good health!!

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  • 9 years ago

    I thought swimming was cardio

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