The key differences between swimming and running

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>> Both running and swimming are good forms of cardiovascular exercise that can burn calories while strengthening and toning muscles.
>> Swimming and running offer a wide range of physical, mental, and social benefits, with the main difference being that swimming is less stressful on joints.
>> If you have arthritis or suffer from back or joint pain due to an injury, swimming may be a better option for you than running.

When it comes to cardiovascular exercise, running and swimming are both tried-and-true options that can burn calories while strengthening and toning muscles.

Each has its unique benefits and drawbacks: Running is a weight-bearing exercise that can help prevent bone loss, while swimming is considered a low-impact exercise that’s easier on the joints.

According to certified personal trainer and CEO of Innovative Fitness Curtis Christopherson, deciding which is best for you ultimately comes down to your personal fitness goals, as well as how in shape you’re in.

“Both exercises offer a wide range of physical, mental, and social benefits to the typical exerciser,” he tells Insider. “And both are sports suitable for a lifetime of exercise.”

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