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I've heard that swimming is one of the best aerobic workouts out there. It burns a lot of calories and does not put stress on your joints! Good luck.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 1:48 PM

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Swimming is excellent exercise! You get an aerobic workout, plus the water adds resistance so you get some strenghtening benefits as well. I cannot think of another form of exercise that engages your entire body like swimming does. However - apparently the cooler temps of the water can cause folks to be more hungry after swimming than other forms of exercise. So just be aware of this and either lengthen your workouts or incorporate some strategies for managing it. This is the reason for the 'plump layer' you speak of.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 2:10 PM

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I'm not sure about the plump extra layer, but I have a theory: It is actually harder to swim if you have no fat, b/c you don't float naturally (this is true - my skinny fiance sinks in water, he cannot float!) so the people who tend to be swimmers tend to have some fat on them - not b/c the swimming causes it, but because they're the ones who choose swimming! So I wouldn't worry about it. You're getting great exercise, and that's all that's important!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 2:26 PM

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not true - about extra fat helping to float - does Michael Phelps have an ounce of fat?

Swimming is great but to reap the same calorie burn from a 30 min swim as say 30 min run is very hard - not many people can swim vigorously non-stop for 30min. That's probably the reason for the extra layer - ppl think they did 30 min cardio - great, now I deserve a burger - not true.

If you swim to lose weight - try breast stroke as it burns more calories than freestyle.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 3:15 PM

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Actually, fat is less dense than water, and bone is more dense than water (I'm not sure about muscle). Fat people are more buoyant than skinny/bony people. That doesn't mean that thin people can't swim, but, saying that fat doesn't help you float is just flat out untrue. If you swim like Michael Phelps, though, you're really not worried about being able to float!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 5:02 PM

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