Weight Loss Articles Directory

In this section you can find an extensive resource of weight loss, nutrition and fitness related articles. Plus some useful links to other sites.

Real Life Nutrition Questions Answered

Real Life Fitness Questions Answered

Emma Brown
Nutritionist

Janet Aylott
Nutritionist

Kelly Marshall
Fitness Consultant

Q.

Swimming breastroke versus swimming leisurely?

Hi Kelly, I noticed that someone has asked advice on swimming in a previous post but I am still a little confused.... Please could you define/explain what you think the difference is between swimming breaststroke general and swimming leisurely (for calorie expenditure)? Is it style of stroke, number of lengths in a given time, number/length of stops required/taken..????? Thanks

A.

Our expert says...

Hi,

This is a good question, I will try and clear your confusion be explaining the definition of both but one of the reasons why it is slightly confusing is because the two categories have the ability to overlap and be adapted (this is because every individual’s swimming workout will be different).

Breaststroke general – refers to someone doing a moderate level of intensity workout using solely the breaststroke technique. With it being a ‘general’ / ‘average’ effort and we can estimate a certain calorie demand and from the movement and muscle demands of the breaststroke (versus other strokes) we can also conclude a certain level of calorie output. This is swimming with a specific purpose to create some intensity.

Swimming leisurely – refers to someone using potentially one or a variety of stroke techniques and doing so at a ‘leisurely’ pace – where they may have breaks at the end of a lap (number of laps) and these rests may vary in length. Generally, this definition would apply to the person getting in a pool and casually swimming up and down without particular attention paid to pace, intensity, rest intervals etc. Or alternatively, this could be someone who is swimming with a friend and having the odd chat.

Although the clarity of difference for these two categories is a subtle one, we have found over time that some individuals fall very much in to one and only one of these categories whereas some actually alternate between the two.

Hope this helps,

Kelly

Disclaimer
You are advised to seek medical advice before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle with an aim of weight loss. This website and the content provided should not be used by persons under 18, by pregnant or nursing women, or individuals with any type of health condition, except under the direct supervision of a qualified medical professional. The information contained in these articles, and elsewhere on this website, is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only, and is not intended to replace, and does not constitute legal, professional, medical or healthcare advice or diagnosis and may not be used for such purposes. Continue...

FREE diet profile

years
Sex female male
Height
Weight

What is your goal weight?

Nutracheck Blog

Read about all things topical and trending in the world of calorie counting, weight loss and weight maintenance