Swimming vs. Running: Which Is The Best For You?

Run off. I’ve got a video to do. Sup guys, Trace here. Thanks for watching
DNews today. In High School, I was on the track and cross country teams, but I was ALSO
on the swim team. Running is exercise. Swimming is too. They’re both exercise, and they’re
both great in their own way. But, which is BETTER? ITS TIME FOR A SCIENCE THROWDOWN. Let’s tackle the benefits: Running is easy,
most people have two legs and can probably walk and run — if imperfectly. It’s great
cardiovascular exercise. Running USA, the major running and foot racing advocacy organization,
says 30 million people took to the streets at least 50 times per person in 2012. People
who run or jog regularly, even for a 5 to 10 minutes a day are healthier than non-runners,
and have a 45% lower cardiovascular mortality. Running can build bone density and runners
have later-onset age-related disability and 3 years added to their lives in comparison
to non-runners. Swimming has a little higher learning curve.
You might have to take swimming lessons, for one. But once you’ve gotten past that hurdle,
the benefits are clear. Swimming is ALSO great cardiovascular exercise. A 2008 peer-reviewed
study in the International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education followed over 40,000
men for 13 years and found lower mortality rates than people who were sedentary, walkers,
and runners. Resistance training is better than pure cardio for building bone density
and muscle; and swimming has resistance, if small. In fact, the butterfly is considered
the single most taxing movement in sports — it’s more difficult than bicycling 14 miles
per hour (23kph), or running a 10 minute mile. Calories burned for either running or swimming
vary depending on your weight and the difficulty level. Though overall the journal of the American
Statistical Association found swimmers will burn 25 percent more calories, but runners
can usually go for longer. Running’s biggest drawback is impact problems,
right? It’s an impact sport, my Dad always said! Maybe not! A 21-year-long Stanford study
of 1,000 runners and non-runners found joint problems were found equally across both groups.
Minimalist or barefoot running and thick running shoes also battle within running culture,
but in a comprehensive study of shoes versus no shoes found the problem was people. If
we’re used to running with shoes, and try barefoot we hurt ourselves; and the opposite
is true too. So fight about if you want, but if you do it right, the science seems to say
they’re both fine,. Long-distance intensive running can cause health problems — we’ve
talked about it on DNews before.. Swimming has an obvious drawback; drowning.
It does happen, though it’s pretty damn rare. Chlorine in swimming pools isn’t great for
your skin, but its there to kill disease-causing contaminants. But kids’ over-exposure to
chlorine can reduce testosterone and infant over-exposure cause respiratory problems.
This is after hundreds of hours in a pool environment; so maybe not something everyone
should be concerned about. It can also be alleviated by swimming in a lake, ocean, or
a saltwater pool. It seems pretty much a tie to me. Overall,
both swimming and running promote cardiovascular health, as long as you don’t overdo it, and
you get the proper training. With both swimming and running make sure you talk to someone
about proper technique if you want to do it right. Just because you can doesn’t mean you
know how to do it properly. So which do YOU think is better? Why don’t you tell us? I
like both. Exercise is hard, but so is Going Off Grid.
It’s not for everyone. Going off grid explores the lives of those who choose a different
path. This pro-snowboarder lives in a tiny house in Northern California. The whole thing
is only 225 square feet.

100 Replies to “Swimming vs. Running: Which Is The Best For You?”

  1. Running is more convenient, but my knee has a tendency of popping out so I’ve been doing more swimming when I get the chance

  2. The human body evolved to be on land. Water is not a natural habitat. The luxury of access to pool is a privilege of elites.

  3. In this comment section are so much more simmers then runners cause on Youtube are way less swimming videos compared to running videos for the algorithm to recommend for those who are intrested in the swimming topic which is probably mostly swimmers. Therefore in a video that can get recommend to swimmers the chance that a high percentile of all swimmers on youtube have seen it is very high.

    Running is objectively way more popular but there also so much more running videos.

  4. For me swimming is better because I am overweight, so if I run, my knees have to carry all my weight, and in the water it doesnt matter how heavy you are

  5. swimming:
    +don't get injured
    +works upper body
    +burns more calories
    +more enjoyable
    +less technique involved
    +freedom of choice

  6. Swimming isn't accessible since it requires leaving the house and I can't run, since i always sprain my ankle when I run. So I prefer to lift weights at home or do hiit at home. Now I wish I had good ankles and lived close to a pool. 😪

  7. As a wise man once said: swimmers are mermaids. Were fast, but running is not happening. Like if you a competitive swimmer

  8. Listen here people of YouTube, I’m not asking you to like, but COMMENT IF YOU SWIM 🏊🏼‍♀️

    (I’m a swimmer also😁)

  9. I love swimming more. It's more fun and you get a full body work out which also builds good back, stomach, shoulder and arm muscles 😊 google pro swimmers and runners, there is a big difference 🙂

  10. Both are good but swimming definitely something you can sustain longer if looking for longevity.

  11. The one that's best for you…is the one you ENJOY and will stick with! One is not truly better than the other. "Running is easy." LOL…says the person who doesn't run or is doing that 5-10 mins a day. Hahahahaha!

  12. Running is better for you than swimming ,simply because you forgot about sweating ..Sweating is very important to get toxins and sodium out the body .Great for the health of your skin. Running strengthens bones and joints.Fat helps the body float vs fat is hell on a runner.

  13. We cant run correct anymore because our hips are fcked up as hell from the chairs, if you still want to run and not just swim without pain check out squat 30/30 challenge. Good luck

  14. I'll tell you this, I can run 10 k very easy. No issue at all. I thought man I can easily go swimming for an hour and hold a good tempo. Well.. Turns out I couldn't.
    I was beat. When I say beat I mean BEAT. I honestly thought I wasn't even gonna make it out of the pool. That's how much it took out of me. Before anyone says I was used to running but not swimming let me tell you I was no stranger to swimming. It's simply that much harder. At least to me it is.

  15. I used to be a runner enjoy the view out and sweat and its free until i had a disc surgery in my back and now im left with swimming my hair got dry my skin smells chlorine all i see the pool ground i pay membership fees .. not impressed lol

  16. I am a swimmer, i have been swimming since i was 5. If you swim competitively, you know you can stop at all times. Just grab onto a lane line if you get a cramp. If you know how to swim, and do it properly while drinking water in between sets, you'll be fine.

  17. My advice to young runners is never, ever run on hard surfaces like roads or sidewalks. I see people doing it everyday…..it's nuts. You will pay for it later in life. Go cross country or sandy beach if you can and combine it with swimming to aid post run recovery. Personally, I cycle and swim. I'm 50 so my running days are over. There's nothing wrong with hiking or long walks instead of running. Low impact is the key to longevity IMO.

  18. I took swimming lessons (so I have the training) and I've been on a swim team for about two years. My muscles have grown tremendously. I can now win in any arm wrestling contest due to my arm/shoulder muscles. My thighs have grown too. Many guys steer clear when we do reps in the gym. As for my mother, she says no guys will ever take me if I keep growing my muscles. Jokes on you mom, I don't only fall for guys 🏳️‍🌈.

  19. I prefer swimming. I have flat feet, so I cannot run so long because I don't have arches to absorb the impact… I used to do elliptical, but even that, at some point I started to have pain in the ankles (I was probably over-training…) Also, what I like about swimming, it's that you don't feel sticky with sweat X)

    However, breathing while swimming can be a little touchy… especially when you go fast and need as much oxygen as possible… I use a snorkel often, just to have my comfy exercise. The other thing with swimming is that it can damage your hair over-time even with a cap X)

  20. Actually just got into running after losing 30 kg on the crosstrainer. Im only up to 5 minutes now @ 8 kmph lol it takes a lot more endurance basically but im sure i will get it up to an hour @ 10 kmph so basically a 10k run in an hour. After that as fast as i can do 5 times a week. But also i have decided to start swimming! I wanna do 5 hours of cardio a week and i wanna have as much variety in it. Probably once i get my endurance there some basketball too. But i believe with swimming you wont be able to do it for a full hour at a high intensity. Does somebody know? So probably half hour swim and then half hour run. Sometimed hour of basketball. Plus once i get my weight down to 95 kg im starting bodybuilding again. That probably wont make me the fastest runner or swimmer either but it definetly will make me stronger and give me more confidence. I dont wanna be to big 5 hours a week of weight lifting bench pressing eventually around 100kg. Ive reached this before about 10 years ago. Only difference.this time i was 150 kg when i started working out. And the weight and alcohol abuse resulted in diabetes! Now that ive lost 30 kg they have lowered my insulin dose 3 times already and my doctor says its highly likely i will fully shake the diabetes! I feel so blessed. In fact just yesterday i caught my bloodsugar being low again after being put on a lower dose 2 months ago. So its probably time for lowering again! And the total dose of insulin already isnt that high. That basically means my body is starting to make its own insulin again slowly. I feel so blessed and it gives me great motivation to keep on working out. 60 minutes on the crosstrainer at a high resistance burns 2000 calories! And that 5 times a week! Im losing several kg a week. But now my next move is to run for an hour 8 km then up to 10km then as fast as i can. Need to do some research. Does anybody know what an average amateur can run in an hour considering its 5 times a week?

  21. Swimming also makes you smarter. Because you are exercising and learning the strokes and trying to do then correctly each time.

  22. A 10min mile is weak af, run a 5-4 min mile and then you'll see how easy butterfly is. Not hating on swimming tho

  23. I do track and field but this year I wanted to try out for the swim team to improve my endurance and holy moly I cant even do a 100m free sprint. I think doing swim is really good if you want to improve your endurance.

  24. What is the best one? The one you can STICK WITH. For me, that is swimming. But beyond that, swimming is a whole body exercise, and the resistance training is greater than one would think. It makes folks a lot stronger than they think. Anecdote, one of my daughters at 14 in her fitness class in high school could do more pull ups than anyone else in the class………..including the boys (which included some football players).

  25. I do both 1hour Swimming and 20 minutes running. But swimming is good 👌 as it burn more calories than cardio plus you learn a skill to servive from sinking

  26. Swimming is a much better exercise because swimming has resistance but running is more easier than swimming

    Edit: swimming is not my favorite sport though even though I can do it

  27. With me being a baseball person and loving baseball and hitting and baserunning. I'm going to have to say running benefits me more

  28. I love swimming but boasting that butterfly is the most taxing movement In sports makes me laugh, butterfly has always made me laugh a bit hahah. Its both slower and harder than freestyle and its kind of similar to saying that sprint cycling while seated backwards on your bike is the most taxing exercise. like sure it is but its also kind of inefficient

  29. I’m sorry i’m a slimmer since my 5 and i run to but I think that swimming is far better because running is bad for your knee’s

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