I'm 25 years old. For the past years, I've been running every day. I dont like running. I like swimming. Which one is good for maintaining your body and reducing your belly? What is the main difference between swimming and running? Can anyone give suggestions?
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IMO swimming is a better all-around exercise for health; it can be tweaked to focus on upper- or lower-body, and is substantially less abusive.
That said, for absolute fat loss, it may not be optimal because of the heat loss encountered when in water. (Body: "This environment is costing me heat; I shall retain body fat.")
I say do what you enjoy--you're more likely to do it, it's less damaging, and it's great exercise.
Swimming, if done for speed/efficiency is actually more of an upper body workout than lower body. In fact, much of the focus of swimming improvement is in efficiency, which of course reduces calorie burn but results in the ability to swim longer and faster.
Also because you are floating, a lot of the work of carrying your own weight is skipped.
Running is probably better for general calorie burning.
If however you like swimming, then something is better than what you do not like.
From my experience I would say swimming coupled with calorie restriction is a much better choice than any of them alone.
I was also working on burning fat first. I tried running but I could not make any significant improvement, maybe 3 pounds over the course of a month. Then i tried swimming coupled with VERY mild calorie restriction. I practice swimming an hour a day with 30 minutes of floating (practicing leg movements as you do while learning freestyle for the first time), 10 minutes of fun (like splashing water at my little brother), and 20 minutes of butterfly (just for muscles in the upper body, not for fat).
There is no restriction. In course of 5 weeks, I have lost 10 pounds (without even resisting ice cream). Moreover, my upper body is already toned so swimming might be a good option.