Or at least thats what a quick once over of a New York Times health article says.
Now, I must admit, I have a general displeasure of how most research is presented in the media. It's dumbed down, and often misconstrued to make flashy headlines and earth-shattering revelations about what we know to be true is wrong.
This article is a quick question and answer: How does swimming stack up against other land-based aerobic exercise?
The answer: Swimming is pretty good for you by reducing blood pressure, improving your cardiovascular health, and is low impact.
But then they throw in that people between age 53-57 tend to gain weight if they swim as opposed to other cardio vascular activities. Looking through the paper, what they actually state is this. "
Swimming, slow cycling, and weight lifting were not statistically significantly associated with weight change in any groups.
The findings of that paper really suggest that people following a more intense cardiovascular routine like fast cycling, regular long walks, and running show better weight management, then those with who lift weights and swim. To point to that research as a strike against swimming seems kind of arbitrary. I don't find the value in including that information at all. All we need is someone to not understand and swear off swimming to avoid getting fat, despite the many health benefits to getting active!
I'm probably just being silly, but that kind of reporting annoys me, probably more than it should.