Author's Musing

Contagious Calorie Counting at its WORST

The Internet is rabid with discourse over the benefits of swimming vs running. Frenzied, even linguistically violent attacks come from both sides of the fence.

Most of the discussion, sadly, is solely centered around the calorie burning efficiency of the two – “HelP!” – tortured ‘athletes’ cry – which will make me look more like a victim of third world hunger?! Most of these discussions blah on about V02 max, body temperature, metabolism speed and the effect of weight bearing etc etc etc… blah. When it comes down to it, have you ever seen a fat Olympic swimmer? Are many sprinters obese? No? So chill out! If you’ve got a healthy attitude, and are training to get faster, better, stronger, you will probably replace many of the calories you burn anyway. Surely, burn less = eat less, burn more = eat more.

One tortured soul asked a forum ‘i’m bored of running, and i’m beginning to get sore knee’s, but i’ve heard that swimming does not burn as many calories’. On having this assertion confirmed, he concluded he should stick to running. I cannot help but wonder if this will still appear the sensible decision of this young man gets so bored, and so injured, he packs the whole lot in?!

The obvious flaw in this logic is that I am speaking mainly of athletes in training, not people who could do with losing a few pounds to benefit their health. Truth be told, though, if we take of our scientifically analytical glasses and look a the real world, isn’t any exercise good, in that case? For athletes and everyday health conscious people alike, when it comes down to it, really isn’t it all about which one is more enjoyable?

Life is for enjoying. Calorie counting is definitely not enjoyable. Get on with it.

Fri – 20min swim, 10min pool jog, pool run ladder – 1easy,1hard,1easy,2hard,1,3,1,4,1,3,1,2,1,1. 20min cycle
Sat – 20min swim, 40min pool run, 30min cycle, 200 KB swing

I'm an NCTJ Journalist and work at Cycling Weekly. Previous to this, I was the Editor at Total Women's Cycling. I've also dabbled in marketing and copywriting - having been Marketing Coordinator and Social Media/Content Editor at Evans Cycles. My first job was working on a local newspaper.  I've written for a variety of titles on a freelance basis, too. I got into cycling when I entered my first triathlon in 2010. I now race crits, road races, time trials, and do a lot of track training for not very much track racing.

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