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                    Swimming Burns Calories



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Swimming is the best exercise when it comes to calorie burning.

"If you swim a minimum of 30-45 minutes per day for three to five days of every week, you can expect to lose between 2 and 6 pounds of body weight in approximately six weeks" (Maglischo and Brennan 6).
You don’t see any differences in the weight, but you do see a change in the composition of the body fat. This helps weight loss and underlies a more significant loss of body fat that will improve our appearance dramatically.

Loss of body fat coupled with the increase of muscle tissue that occurs with exercise will give your body a lean, firm, well-defined appearance that could not be achieved by dieting alone.

Swimming has a calorie-burning potential of 350-450 caloriswimming helps to reduce body fates per hour. Chicago internist Dr. Fred Daniels says, "One thing I think every one will agree on is that swimming probably doesn’t lower your weight, but it does lower the percentage of your body fat" (Whetstone 28).
If we diet without exercising, we might lose lean body tissue as well as fat. The body maintains a fine balance between the number of calories taken in and the number of calories burned up through swimming.

"Losing weight is basically a simple equation: Calories in, Calories out," says fitness expert Dr. Lewis Maharam (Ritter 76). The action of swimming helps to burn up the fat through the continuous exercise. Many times we need to get ourselves back into caloric balance and start to reduce the percent of fat in our body.

Also, swimming gives lean body tissue (which is the bone, muscle and organ tissue) good shape.

Swimmers lose weight just as well as anyone, and it’s as efficient as running. Doing a fast crawl will burn about eleven calories a minute, compared with thirteen calories for running at a moderate nine-minute-mile pace (Ritter 76). So, this shift in body composition will cue a reduction in the size of body parts where fat tend to be deposited in greatest amounts and it may cause muscle growth so that there will be very little change in actual size.

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Web Revised Friday, May 14, 1999
by Iva Haddad
for CIS 212, Cuyamaca College