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A Comparison of Swimming and Walking

Both running and swimming have their health benefits and are useful in weight loss. They are forms of aerobic exercise and play a role in maintaining physical and mental health.

If you are not sure what to choose as an activity for your daily routine, this article will help you decide.

Benefits of walking

Here are some of the most prominent benefits of walking.

  1. Practical and convenient

For walking, you do not need any special equipment or setup. You can walk any time anywhere. It is not just beneficial and refreshing but you do not have to take special time out for walking.

If you do not want to waste your time collecting equipment and getting into gym clothes, walking is the best option for you. It will help you get active and perform your exercise immediately without hassle.

  1. Good for cardiovascular health

Walking is an exercise that is great for cardiovascular health as it can prevent the risk of heart disease by around 20% if done regularly. A 30-minute walk every day is very beneficial and it reduces the risk of heart disease even more with the increase in duration.

  1. Prevents joint pain

Walking is an easy yet effective exercise that people of all ages can benefit from. It helps strengthen and lubricate the joints and muscles especially those of the lower body. For people with arthritis, regular walks can help reduce the effects and pain caused by the condition.

  1. Helps lose weight

Walking can burn a lot of calories and the number of calories burnt depends on the duration, intensity, and terrain. It can help tone your body, especially your legs by helping get rid of excessive weight.

Benefits of swimming

There are several benefits of swimming some of which are mentioned below.

  1. Refreshing and relaxing exercise

Swimming is a healthy addition to your lifestyle that prevents stress, depression, and reduces anxiety. It leads to better sleep because of its relaxing effect on the mind and body.

  1. Helps burn calories

Swimming can help burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time compared to other forms of low-impact exercise. It activates several muscles groups in your body acting as a very wholesome exercise.

  1. Improves your health

Swimming like walking is also a form of cardiovascular exercise however it is also beneficial for the prevention of many other health conditions. It offers breathing exercise that is great for people suffering from asthma and is also great for other conditions including arthritis and MS.

  1. Boosts energy

Swimming engages the full body without making you sweat and in turn boosts your levels of energy. It also helps relieve stress and improve your mood.

Overall comparison

Both swimming and walking are highly beneficial forms of exercise but how do they differ in terms of their effects on your mind and body. Here are some key points of comparison that will help you decide.

  1. Expenditure of calories

Both running and swimming burn calories and the amount of calories burnt depends on the intensity and duration of the activity. Whereas from the data we can conclude that the number of calories burnt by engaging in swimming is much more compared to walking.

  1. Target muscles

Walking is a great way to engage your body in an activity and it mainly targets the lower body including the legs, hips, and belly. Swimming on the other hand engages the muscles of the whole body. It works the muscles of the arms, back, shoulders, legs, and chest.

  1. Level of resistance

The level of resistance in swimming is more as compared to that offered by walking. This is the reason why you can burn double the amount of calories in the same amount of time during swimming vs running because the resistance in water is much more.

  1. Convenience of activity

For swimming you need to have access to a swimming pool and learning to swim is another hurdle. Walking on the other hand is easy and accessible to everyone and does not require a specific setup. However, water provides support to the body due to its buoyancy and can support the weight of overweight people.

Jolie Andre

The conclusion of this article boils down to the question of whether you should adopt walking or swimming as your daily aerobic exercise. The answer lies in your personal preference, availability of options and expert evaluation of these options. If you do not have access to a swimming pool or it is winter, walking is the better option. For walking, you need a good pair of shoes and you can do it anywhere, anytime.


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