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Which is the best aerobic exercise: swimming or running?

Which is the best aerobic exercise: swimming or running?

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. ...Read more

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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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What is better for cardio walking or riding a bike?

What is better for cardio walking or riding a bike?

Either: Both walking and biking produce positive cardiovascular changes. The magnitude of this positive effect is based on the intensity, which can be measured by heart rate, and duration. Shoot for 30min of moderately vigorous exercise most days of the week, as recommended by ACSM, ACA. Heart rate target should be 60-85% of estimated max heart rate (start lower and work up over time). Good luck! ...Read more

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Is running on an elliptical machine better than running outside?

Is running on an elliptical machine better than running outside?

Either is fine.: They're both effective forms of physical activity and cardiovascular conditioning. How about mixing them up - run when the weather is nice and use the elliptical when the weather is inclement. ...Read more

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What is better for weight loss, cardio elliptical or treadmill?

What is better for weight loss, cardio elliptical or treadmill?

Both: Anything that burns calories will work. It takes 3500 calories that you don't eat and do burn off to lose a pound. The calorie doesn't care what type of exercise you do. ...Read more

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Walking stairs or stair stepper is better for exercise to avoid injury?

Walking stairs or stair stepper is better for exercise to avoid injury?

It depends: If your main concern is avoiding injury then the controlled motion of a stair stepper is probably safer. But the repetitive motion of a machine that never changes can cause overuse injury as well. The good thing about walking real stairs is that you are always slightly changing your stride and foot placement. Those changes in joint contact are beneficial. ...Read more

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Is using gym treadmills similar to walking outside.?

Is using gym treadmills similar to walking outside.?

Similar...: ...although the surface of the treadmill upon which you run is more forgiving to the joints than the concrete roads and walkways, and is more predictable than the uneven surfaces of trails or under grass. And with a treadmill, you control the hills. ...Read more

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Are exercise bikes a good way to workout?

Are exercise bikes a good way to workout?

Exercise bike: Yes biking is effective exercise. Pay attention also to flexibility and to strength for increased fitness. ...Read more

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Does riding a real bike and riding an stationary exercise bike burn the same number of calories?

Does riding a real bike and riding an stationary exercise bike burn the same number of calories?

Bicycling: No, there can be differences. Here is a chart that can show you the different factors & how it impacts the calories burned. http://www.nutristrategy.com/caloriesburnedcycling.htm. As you check the comparisons, the calories burned were higher with a bicycle (compared to a stationary bike) with other things being equal. ...Read more

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Which is the best exercise: swimming or running?

Which is the best exercise: swimming or running?

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. ...Read more

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What is best in ACL repair physical therapy, an elliptical machine or stationary bike?

What is best in ACL repair physical therapy, an elliptical machine or stationary bike?

Physical therapy: Physical may include dozens of different exercises including the two you mentioned. Consulting with a physical therapist after surgery is critical to the healing process. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are benefits of an indoor exercise bike and a outdoor exercise bike?

Could you tell me what are benefits of an indoor exercise bike and a outdoor exercise bike?

Both: Are excellent ways of getting cardio exercise. Many people people find outdoor biking to better hold their interest, and therefore produce better results. Indoor bikes are safer, of course, so if there is any reason to be concerned about one's ability to ride an outdoor bicycle safely, indoor it should be! ...Read more

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What is better for weight loss: swimming or gym exercises?

What is better for weight loss: swimming or gym exercises?

Weight loss: Both swimming and gym are very helpful for weight loss but don't aim to lose too much at a time. Also don't forget to optimize your diet. ...Read more

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Running on treadmill is better or yoga to lose weight ?

Treadmill: Yoga is great exercise for many reasons but running on a treadmill burns more calories. ...Read more

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Which form of the following exercises do you think is best overall for one's fitness? Why? Brisk walking; jogging/running; rowing; elliptical; stairstepper or bicycling?

Which form of the following exercises do you think is best overall for one's fitness? Why? Brisk walking; jogging/running; rowing; elliptical; stairstepper or bicycling?

Cardio Mix: All of those are great options. If you have adipose tissue to lose (not everyone does), then consider an increase in cardio and a balanced diet. However, do not always do the same exercise or you will increase your risks for stress injuries. Mix things up with walking, running, biking, swimming, or circuit training. Ultimately you need to burn more than you consume. ...Read more

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Which is better exercise: swimming or walking?

Which is better exercise: swimming or walking?

Neither is better: Just different. Swimming is more of a total body workout and easier on the joints. While running is higher impact and better for stimulating maintained or increased bone density. ...Read more

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Is swimming a good cardio sport?

Is swimming a good cardio sport?

Yes: Excellent low impact cardio exercise. You can vary tempo to increase heart rate as needed. Enjoy. ...Read more

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Is bike riding a good exercise?

Is bike riding a good exercise?

Yes: It is a good aerobic exercise and helps strengthen your heart and increases endurance esp if you ride more than 10 mph. If you ride at lower speeds, try to work up to 150 minutes per week. If you do vigorous rides, 75 minutes per week is recommended. Since cycling is not a weight bearing exercise it won't strengthen bones, so it's good to do other types of exercise too like strength training. ...Read more

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