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Which is better? 20 mins of swimming or 30 mins brisk walk.
What is better, apples, or oranges? Tomatoes or squash?
Whatever you like doing is fine. Do what you love the most, mix it up, have some fun. Walking is a bit lower intensity (which could be more or less useful depending on your other activities), but they both get the blood flowing and the body moving.
well at the moment i have a bit of a bum leg that keeps me from doing my normal walks after I cycle for a bit. swimming causes no problems though. Trying to get rid of the small amount of weight i've gained since surgery. I can't swim very well though. I do 2 laps sort of freestyle then a slow wade back the other way before 2 more laps resting a small amount between each.
Depends on where you are walking to IMHO, outside somewhere in nature is good for mind as well as body, not so much walking the concrete jungle and not seeing a tree or blade of grass. So I'd choose walking if I could get somewhere nice, and if not a swim is nice
You know all those pictures of Adam and Eve where they have belly button? Think about it..................... take as long as you need........................
Jamie, swimming is a great way to recover. You are doing the right thing. I recovered from back surgery by swimming, and more recently, from plantar fasciitis and knee problems.
Swimming takes a lot of effort. I started out being winded after 2 laps and now I can swim a mile, no problem. And now that my feet and knees have healed up, I can even start to run, as well as hike for miles. Just keep at it, stay off the leg for a while, and walk again when you are no longer hurting.
You might want to observe other swimmer's form as you swim(goggles will help). You might want to read up on proper swimming form for the different strokes, or take a class. Form, and especially breathing, can make your swim easier and more effective.
If you walk and swim a lot then you'll probably feel better eating moderate carb, and moderate carbs over low carbs will facilitate being more active.
F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.