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Running burns more kilo-calories than any other activity. How is this determined? Biophysicists measure how many kilo-calories are burned during an activity and produce what are called MET(metabolic equivalent of task) values. Running at various speeds when compared to similar effort in some other activity, has higher MET values than any other activity rated at a similar effort.

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When it comes to burning calories, your heart rate is much more important than what it is that you are doing. If you can reach and sustain the same heart rate for the same amount of time you will burn pretty much the same amount of calories regardless of activity.

For the same length of time, riding flat out will burn more calories than a casual walk, while walking briskly can burn more than a casual ride.

When you have a set distance, cycling will burn less calories than walking at the same level of effort, as the higher speed of the bike means you'll finish the distance faster.

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Running a mile will burn more calories than swimming a mile. This is due to the fact that a body in the water is weightless. When running, the weight of the body is a tremendous factor in calories burned.

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When it comes to burning calories, your heart rate is much more important than what it is that you are doing.

If you can reach and sustain the same heart rate for the same amount of time you will burn pretty much the same amount of calories regardless of activity.

Whichever exercise you will be the MOST active. Just GOING to the gym doesn't do anything for you unless you work out, and just GOING swimming doesn't do anything for you if you just splash around in the pool.

You can get just as good of a workout shoveling snow or loading hay on a truck, but it depends on how HARD you work at it.

Usually though, swimming will burn more calories as it's a continuous activity.

If you're doing weights or machines, you do a few exercises, get your heart/burn rate up a bit. Then you get some rest when you switch machine/exercise, which drops your heart/burn rate. Then the pattern repeats.

With swimming, you enter the pool and just go at it, and you get a much more sustained increase in your heart rate than gym work would offer.

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When it comes to burning calories, your heart rate is much more important than what it is that you are doing. If you can reach and sustain the same heart rate for the same amount of time you will burn pretty much the same amount of calories regardless of activity.

Most people find swimming to require a greater effort (leading to a higher heart rate than walking) so swimming will generally burn more calories than walking (for the same amount of time).

Interestingly enough, experts have found that swimming will not decrease your overall percentage of body fat -- not one iota. If you want to lose fat, you must get out of the water and burn it off on dry land. Weird. It doesn't matter what the water temperature is.

No! You lose most body fat in swimming; swimming burns double the amount of calories, compared to running.

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When it comes to burning calories, your heart rate is much more important than what you are doing. If you can reach and sustain the same heart rate forthe same amount of time you will burn pretty much the same amount of calories regardless of activity.

The actual burn rate will depend on how hard you go at it, how fit you are, what you weigh, what your proportion of muscles are etc.

I'm a much better rider than a swimmer, so I can hit 700-1100 cal/hour cycling, but maybe 600-800 swimming.

Someone who's a better swimmer might make the opposite. Someone smaller/less fit/older will most likely hit lower numbers. Someone bigger/fitter/younger will most likely hit higher numbers.

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Swimming is the best exercise you can do... Ever

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Dancing burns much more calories

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Yes swimming does burn a lot of calories. This is because you are working a lot harder to move and keep yourself up when you are in water. It can burn (on average) 500 calories an hour.

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Swimming because there is more resistance

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