Tuesday 18 October 2022

Swimming or cycling, which is better for weight loss?



Swimming is a low-impact workout which utilizes all the body parts and that is why, several people feel that it aids them burn more calories. It's a great cardiovascular workout as it is nice for your lungs and heart. Swimming is even good for people with joint problems. Water helps the body weight and thus puts no stress on the joints. The activity is pretty exhaustive but it provides your upper body a great toning and definition.

Low-intensity exercises are good to burn fat. Swimming being a low-intensity exercise qualifies as being the better one to reduce weight when compared with cycling. A man weighing around 70-80 kilos burns around 750 calories during 1 hour of swimming session.

Even, as swimming utilizes both upper and lower body, it's one of the proper total body workouts. If done properly, swimming has a calming and meditative effect on a your mind and body.


Cycling, if done at a moderate pace, is decided as a low-intensity exercise. But a some drawbacks of cycling are if your cycle is not of the right size or if you do not do it properly then it can direct to injury. Though incorporating this exercise in your regular routine is easy as you can easily go to office or market by your cycle. You do not require to take out additional time, unlike for swimming.

Cycling at a higher intensity aids one build muscles in the calves, quadriceps and glutes. Unlike swimming, cycling advantages you more on your lower body as it's your legs that are at work. A man weighing 70-80 kilos will burn around 600 calories while cycling at a pace of 10-15 mph. So, in the race of weight loss, swimming wins as it aids one burn more calories in the similar amount of time.

Things to keep in a mind

If you have any health situation , you should surely consult your doctor before starting any exercise routine. Eating right goes without saying as diet has a 70 %  role to play in your weight loss program.

Swimming is a non-weight bearing exercise which is a drawback as it does not have a bone-strengthening effect as running a cycling has. However, both swimming and cycling can aid you build muscles, increase your pulmonary fitness and cardiovascular health.

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