Swimming Does Everything Exercise Should Do, Except One
It’s weird. Swimming does everything exercise should do–build strength, lower blood pressure, increase endurance–except one: it doesn’t help you lose weight. Writing in the New York Times Ask Well column, Gretchen Reynolds reports on the surprising findings of a 2005 study of exercise habits and body weight. The study, which involved 15,000 adults ages 53 to 57, found that people who walked, jogged or cycled gained little weight over the course of a decade, and those who but people who swam, lifted weights or walked slowly did put on a few pounds.What’s up with that? Reynolds quotes Hirofumi Tanaka, the director of the Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin, reporting that his own research suggest that swimming seems to stimulate the appetite. Read more in the New York Times.