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Old 07-08-2016
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Question Is swimming better than going gym?

Hello everyone this is my first time in this forum and I want to know that Is swimming better than going gym
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Old 07-14-2016
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It depends on what you do in the gym, and also on what your goals are. Swimming is a more efficient form of aerobic exercise (in terms of calories burned per hour) than many of the alternatives. But another important factor is what you enjoy doing.


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Old 08-30-2016
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For sure, had a back operation 8 years ago, and the best thing I did was swim a couple of days a week. Simplest and easiest way to get back into shape.
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Old 09-07-2016
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I second what Coach Bob wrote. I do both and feel both are highly beneficial. Especially now: (1) Because I'm 65; and (2) Because I'm being treated for prostate cancer.

Obviously aerobic exercise is the foundation of cardiovascular health, which is the most important. And you can make a sound argument that swimming is the best form of aerobic exercise because it's (i) low impact, (ii) minimizes injury, and (iii) makes the most balanced use of all muscle groups. The last two factors are especially true when you swim the TI Way.

Additionally the American College of Sports Medicine recommends that for optimal health we do 3 sessions per week of aerobic exercise plus 2 sessions per week of resistance training. Resistance training can come in many forms, including many exercises that rely only on body weight and can easily be done at home.

Resistance training is important because, as we age, we naturally lose lean body mass. Even if our weight remains unchanged from 35 to 65 (fairly rare), we will still have quite a bit more fat and less muscle at 65 as a normal aging effect. The only way to counter this loss of muscle is resistance training.

I.E. Putting heavier loads on muscles than our (all-too-often sedentary) regular lifestyle does.

I prefer to do this with 3 or more weekly yoga classes, plus at least two sessions per week of weight training. I alternate one session with free weights and one session working on machines.

This is a great question. Watch for a blog on this topic in the near future.
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Old 09-08-2016
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Instead of feeling sorry for myself when I lost my job in 2001, I started lifting weights to fill up my time. When I become employed again, I decided to keep it up.

In addition to increasing and maintaining lean body mass, there is improvement in bone density. This also tends to lower as we age. I am 43.

I started swimming in 2014 via TI: to learn and for relaxation. There was an overall stiffness I felt from lifting weights. I also felt that there was an element of endurance and stamina missing. I found running boring.

(The transition was rough for me. I was so programmed to "muscle my way" through the water. :-)) Swimming requires you to loosen up as you engage.

On the average, I have done 4 hrs of weights and 2 hours of swimming per week . ( I plan on doing more of the latter to further improve my stamina so I can get closer to my goal of a mile non-stop.)

Yes, you need both and I have experienced that swimming complements weight lifting very well. For instance, I could only do 10 reps max of pull-ups. After swimming for just roughly 2 months, I shot up to 18 - 20 reps. Indeed, swimming tasks your endurance muscles.
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Old 09-08-2016
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Contd...

In 1993, I remember watching the chess match between Gary Kasparov and Sir Niger Short. The commentators chimed in on how weight lifting was essential to their regimens. They never did explain the connection.

A couple of years ago, I read a magazine article that factored the latest scientific findings, focusing on one of the myriad discoveries. Everytime one lifts a dumbell, there is a generation of a chemical called IGF-1: it is used by the brain to synthesize another more complicated compound called Brain Derived Neutrophic Factor. BDNF facilitates improved and efficient thought processes.
I was so moved by the findings that I memorized the acronyms! :-)
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Old 05-31-2018
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I think it depends on what you would favor. If you join a gym, they will generally set you up a program of exercises to do.
But I'm going for swimming. Cause of, it's all you must require, and it's reasonable and a lot more fun. Swimming, walking, jogging, running on the point, you don't need much else to lose weight.
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