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Which is the best aerobic exercise: swimming or running?

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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Not necessarily a: "best" type of issue. Each form of exercise has it's advantages and disadvantages. Swimming is more of a full body workout and lower impact on the joints. But remember because it's lower impact, it has less of an effect as running at stimulating bone density. In the end, both are good forms of exercise, and in an ideal world it's good to involve variety in your exercise routine.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Which is the best exercise: swimming or running?

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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Remember: They are just different forms of exercise. Swimming tend to be a better total body workout and more easily tolerated joint wise(unless you have rotator cuff issues or shoulder arthritis). While running is "harder" on the joints, it also is better at promoting bone density stability/increase.

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