Swimming as cardio?

Discussion in 'Power Training' started by bykster, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. bykster

    bykster Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2015
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    20
    Sorry if this is the wrong forum, but I've recently gotten back into swimming and I feel like my cardio has improved dramatically over the last few months I've been swimming twice a week. Did anyone else try this?
     
    Tags:


  2. dkrenik

    dkrenik Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2003
    Messages:
    440
    Likes Received:
    8
    Where's your power meter?
     
  3. sharkantropo

    sharkantropo Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2016
    Messages:
    305
    Likes Received:
    20
    I was quite into natation before moving to cycling. Natation is GREAT to improve endurance, just like high perfomance cycling. No wonders your cardio improved dramatically, swimming is a really tiring workout.
    The most important thing is to keep the pace and breath well.
     
  4. bykster

    bykster Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2015
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    20
    I don't what you mean by that, sorry.

    Oh yeah, it has taken me some time as well to figure out the proper breathing while swimming but it was so much worth it.
     
  5. Destiny3614

    Destiny3614 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2016
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    5
    Swimming is great for cardio especially during the summer months.
     
  6. Dame6089

    Dame6089 New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2016
    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    4
    Swimming is a fantastic exercise. It is known to be extremely draining on the body, which is why you will see swim meets provide swimmers with cookies and other foods just so they don't pass out. If you have a pool of your own or a gym where you can actually get a good swim in, go for it. It might even seem like you aren't really even exercising lol.
     
  7. SkerleeWerg

    SkerleeWerg Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2016
    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    5
    I don't know so much about cardio? It definitely has cardio benefits, but it's also technically a weighted exercise. It requires muscular exertion on a total-body level, so it isn't just a clearcut cardio exercise in the way running is. Running is exertion but the weight of the air is pennies to the weight of water.
     
  8. warrengeb

    warrengeb Member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2016
    Messages:
    85
    Likes Received:
    5
    Yeah, that's right. Swimming is one of the best exercises that can help you to develop cardio respiratory fitness. I think it burns way more calories that cycling. I am a consistent swimmer and I really love swimming. It's like my second favorite hobby after cycling. It helps to burn more calories than cycling because when you swim, every part of your body moves, unlike cycling. That is why it is a good exercise.
     
  9. bykster

    bykster Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2015
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    20
    I wholeheartedly agree. I wrote this in another thread, but yesterday a friend and I rode 22.5 km to a nearby lake, had a swim and then rode back. Exhausting, but so much fun.

    All I know is that my cardio improved dramatically when I started swimming again.
     
  10. SkerleeWerg

    SkerleeWerg Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2016
    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    5
    ^ I can imagine, you're still getting cardio benefits from the exertion and heartrate increase. I'm saying I don't think it is particularly considered cardio, it's in a weird territory. Aerobic exercise is generally cardio, I'm just pretty sure swimming isn't necessarily considered cardio is what I mean
     
  11. CaiBruhn

    CaiBruhn New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2016
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi guys.. I have a question recently I stopped swimming and running because of difficulty in breathing. Am I sick? or its just normal?
     
  12. neednoexcuse

    neednoexcuse Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2016
    Messages:
    165
    Likes Received:
    12
    You should find out why you are having difficulty in breathing. In my opinion, it is normal but it may be there because of the serious medical conditions. So, I would highly recommend you to visit the doctor. If there is no underlying cause, then you may consider this normal.
     
  13. Jcycle

    Jcycle Active Member

    Joined:
    May 14, 2015
    Messages:
    600
    Likes Received:
    36
    There is a large cardio component to swimming. You can also engage in water aerobics as well if you really want some cardio benefit. Low impact and great for the heart.
     
  14. bykster

    bykster Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2015
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    20
    What's water aerobics? I've never heard of it.
     
  15. pwarbi

    pwarbi Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2015
    Messages:
    689
    Likes Received:
    53
    Swimming is great for cardio, just like any exercise is that gets your heart and lungs working more than they usually do. Swimming is also good for keeping you doing cardio even if your injured, as its a form of non impact exercise, meaning that if your struggling to cycle or go jogging for example then you can still exercise even with aches, sprains and pains.
     
  16. bykster

    bykster Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2015
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    20
    Absolutely this. I didn't mention it before, but swimming is great cardio if you have some nagging joint issues. I actually recommend swimming over running as preferred cardio if you want to lose weight.
     
    pwarbi likes this.
  17. pwarbi

    pwarbi Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2015
    Messages:
    689
    Likes Received:
    53
    Personally I prefer swimming over jogging anyway if I'm being honest, and there's been a few times now when ice come back from jogging with a twist or a knock due to the impact nature of the exercise, and like I said, with swimming that's something you don't have to worry about.

    Only downside I have found, is that here in the UK, it can be freezing coming away from the pool in the winter with wet hair, haha!
     
  18. bykster

    bykster Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2015
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    20
    Are they called blow-driers? That little fan machine with blows hot air? Sorry, English is not my first language, but I'm sure you know what I mean. My hair is always very short though, so I don't have problem with that. Plus I wear a hat in the winter.

    I agree, definitely swimming over jogging for cardio. I just grew to love it so much.
     
  19. mauricioq

    mauricioq Member

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2015
    Messages:
    72
    Likes Received:
    5
    Swimming is way better to work out, because your body makes a bigger effort. Running is good too, but you'll end up working out the legs, while the rest of your body is not very developed by that.
     
  20. pwarbi

    pwarbi Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2015
    Messages:
    689
    Likes Received:
    53
    I don't think it matters how well you dry off after a swim, you never feel completely dry until you've got home, showed and changed, well, I don't anyway, but I do know what you mean about the blow dryers.
     
Loading...
Loading...