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#151443 - 06/01/05 01:57 PM running or swimming ?
cobra Offline
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Registered: 03/22/05
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Loc: eagle pass, tx. U.S.
which would you concider to be better at burning fat, the fastes, or more effectively? and what about swimming and biking instead of running. thanks for all replys...( i just can't stand running so i'm trying my best to find an alternative way of loosing extra fat that's covering my stomach. if you have any other suggestions on something i could do besides swimming or so feel free to mention it too) agian thanks for all reply's

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#151444 - 06/01/05 02:00 PM Re: running or swimming ? [Re: cobra]
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Running by far is the best. Skipping rope is also very good and you don't have to go any where to do it.

From my own experience I've found swimming tiring but I did not find as effective at burning fat as running/skipping. As for biking, this is good but you have to do it intensley. Stick it in a gear that is hard and you have to work hard like going up hills. Something that makes you sweat.
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#151445 - 06/01/05 02:01 PM Re: running or swimming ? [Re: cobra]
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I would say swimming, because you actually use your entire body. But that is an entirely uneducated guess.
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#151446 - 06/01/05 02:04 PM Re: running or swimming ? [Re: cobra]
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Running, especially during the summer when it's hot.
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#151447 - 06/01/05 02:06 PM Re: running or swimming ? [Re: cobra]
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I'd say swimming, because of the resistance.

plus I'm biased since the summer is comming up... I hate running/biking in the summer. If you live in a true 4 season climate: running is for winter, biking is for spring and fall, and swimming is for summer.

I see 40 yearold runners doing their thing in 98 degree temps...I wave to them on my way to the lake as I go by in my ac'd car sipping on some ice tea.

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#151448 - 06/01/05 02:08 PM Re: running or swimming ? [Re: JoelM]
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Uneducated guess or not it`s true. And another good thing about swimming is that there`s apsolutely no chance of injury if you know how to swimm.
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#151449 - 06/01/05 02:10 PM Re: running or swimming ? [Re: cobra]
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I agree with dereck. Skipping rope is my personal favorite, plus it fits nicely into interval training, which is a great way of burning fat. I also use a stationary bike, with magnetic resistance so that I can simulate riding on smooth pavement, hilly terain, or contant uphill!

Now swimming isn't bad, but I would balance it between swimming, bike riding, and skipping rope if I were you. It is rather easy to become bored doing the same thing over and over, so its ok to mix it up. Maybe jog once a week, swim a couple times a week and skip rope or ride a bike a couple times a week.
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#151450 - 06/01/05 02:14 PM Re: running or swimming ? [Re: DragonFire1134]
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And another thing, it`s good for rehabilitation for pulled muscles,twisted ankles...
It would be good for a day off or relaxing your muscles.
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#151451 - 06/01/05 02:20 PM Re: running or swimming ? [Re: cobra]
Crash Offline
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Registered: 08/17/04
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swimming is high impact cardio and low impact on your joints.
I know a girl who was training for a kickboxing competition and hurt her ankle a few months before the competition so she did lots of swimming untill it healed cause it was the only cardio exercise her ankle could handle. but remember you have to SWIM not just splash around and cool off. and of course have a swim buddy or have a lifeguard present ether way, NEVER SWIM ALONE! good luck!

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#151452 - 06/01/05 02:22 PM Re: running or swimming ? [Re: Prometej]
MattJ Offline
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I hate running. I will swim, ride my bike, spar, jump rope or hit the bag.

Anything but run.

Run is a four-letter word to me.
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