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Swimming vs. Jogging

If you're into mixing up your cardio by including swimming and running in your routine, then you'll probably want to know how the two compare. Take this quiz to test what you know.


Swimming vs. Jogging

If you're swimming in a standard 25 yard long pool, how many laps (two lengths of a pool) equals one mile?

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runningesq runningesq 8 years
You will burn five times the calories swimming a mile than you will jogging the same distance. I don't think you can compare swimming and running with distance. On an 'average' run (5-10 mi), I run at about 9 min/ mile. In the pool, I average about 30 min/ mile. Of course I'll burn more calories swimming one mile than running one mile --- it takes 20 more minuets to swim one than run one.
Cris1192 Cris1192 8 years
I love to do both
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
i prefer swimming
ayuninur ayuninur 9 years
2 out of 4 questions correctly. ..
the17thman the17thman 9 years
Another problem with this quiz is that it calculates calories burned running 30 minutes at a 10 minute pace. But when it comes to swimming it only states a vague moderate pace. What is a moderate pace? When I'm working hard I do 100's on a 1:10 interval. When I'm being lazy I do a 1:20 interval base getting 12 seconds of rest. SCY Freestyle. I think they need to define "Moderate" for swimming to compare. For example tonight I ran 5 miles AT 7.57 PACE. How many calories was that? Read my workouts online at
the17thman the17thman 9 years
sorry not 1996 that was 2006. wrong decade. guess i got lost in all this math
the17thman the17thman 9 years
I agree logically a lap would be two lengths of a pool but why do we call lap counters "lap counters" when we countdown they count down by length. Since "lap counters" are sanctioned by FINA/USMS/USA Swimming we must agree that a lap counter counts laps then one length of a pool is a lap. I swim distance events in USMS and have a top 10 time in my age group in 1996 for the 1500 SCM Freestyle and my counter and everyone else counted from 1 up to 59 with the lap counters.
fabchick fabchick 9 years
does swimming burn more calories than running??? i wonder..
kia kia 9 years
1/4, wonk wonk. I enjoy both forms of activity.
JanetG0307 JanetG0307 9 years
i have to agree with ohanaani. as a swimmer for 16+ years, a length is not a lap...2 lengths equal one lap. someone once explained it to me that a lap is something where you end up in the same place as you started. when you complete a lap around a jogging track, you end up at the same place...same for the pool!
ohananani ohananani 9 years
Sorry, 17thman, but YOU are wrong. As an avid swimmer for 42 years including AAU, high school team captain and college, I can speak for swimmers. 1 lap= 2 pool lengths 1 pool length= 1/2 lap Ask anyone who swims in a Master's group or Swim club.....
the17thman the17thman 9 years
Sorry but Question #1 is wrong: One lap in a 25 yard long pool equals 50 yards. A swimmer's mile is 1650 yards (1500 meters), so that means you'll have to swim 33 laps to equal one mile. As a swimmer a 1650 is 66 lengths of a pool or laps. We don't say 2 lengths is a lap. One length is a lap. So a mile swim in a 25 yard pool is 66 laps while a mile swim in a 25 meter pool is 60 laps.
runningesq runningesq 9 years
MizFit, ask them to swim in open water for 1.2 mi and ask them how hardcore they feel then ;) IMO, it's best to mix it up... I'm tri training, so I swim, bike, and run, and all three sports are beneficial!
wiggle wiggle 9 years
I amy not sweat when I swim, but I certainly pant!
Puzzle2397 Puzzle2397 9 years
MizFit, I swear I have felt myself sweating while swimming before. You just don't feel it on you (obviously) because you're submerged in water. So, you tell your "hardcore" friends that =)
swimminnikki711 swimminnikki711 9 years
I had no idea. I always thought swimming burnt more calories. Glad I started running.
gigill gigill 9 years
I tried to start a running program (couch to 5k) but had to quit not due to lack of dedication but because the high impact put some serious stress on my ankles and injured them. I couldn't run without limping for 2 weeks. Swimming, elliptical and low-impact aerobics it is for me in terms of cardio!
MizFit MizFit 9 years
the (fingerquote) hardcore (unFQ) peeps I know wont swim since they dont sweat and to them that must indicate it's easier. not me :) Im all about the not sweating whenever possible. M.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I am the worst with swimming. I am stop a lot more then I would if I was running.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I'm the worst swimmer ever so it definitely burn more calories because I'm flailing about like a lame.
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