Swimming provides a good aerobic workout while also toning muscles. It also increases flexibility, especially in the neck, shoulders and hips, as reported in an article entitled “Water Workouts: Five Styles of Swimming to Help You Lose Weight” on the Fit Day website. Of course, the number of calories you’ll burn swimming depends on a number of factors, including the stroke you use, how fast you swim, how long you swim and how much you weigh.
How Many Calories Can You Burn Swimming?
Swimming is an excellent form of exercise and burns a good amount of calories. Someone that weighs 150 pounds can burn between 475 and 750 calories by swimming for one hour, according to Fit Day. If you weigh more than 150 pounds, you’ll burn even more calories swimming. Compare that to the number of calories you can burn walking for an hour. An hour of brisk walking only burns about 270 calories.
Different Strokes for Different Folks
Some strokes burn far more calories than others. Of course, swimming faster burns more calories than swimming slowly, too. If you really want a good workout, consider taking swimming lessons to learn how to properly do some of the more difficult strokes like the breaststroke and the butterfly.
If you prefer to take a more casual approach, just swim however you like. You’ll be burning calories and toning your muscles even if you’re not an accomplished swimmer.
If you weigh 150 pounds, you can burn about 476 calories swimming freestyle, also known as the front crawl, in an hour if you swim slowly. Pick up the pace and you can burn up to 680 calories in an hour.
If you weigh 150 pounds, you can burn about 544 calories swimming the sidestroke for an hour.
If you prefer the backstroke, you can burn 476 calories in an hour of swimming.
While not exactly swimming, even treading water burns calories. According to the NutriStrategy website, if you weigh 155 pounds, you can burn 281 calories by treading water at a moderate pace for an hour.
If you weigh 150 pounds, you can burn 680 calories doing the breaststroke for an hour.
If you weigh 150 pounds, you can burn 748 calories doing the butterfly for an hour.
According to the NutriStrategy website, if you weigh 155 pounds, you can also burn about 563 calories doing synchronized swimming.
How Can You Burn More Calories?
Get the most out of your swimming workout by making sure you know how to perform different strokes correctly. That way you’ll burn as many calories as possible without becoming fatigued too fast and without putting undue strain on your body. Swim at as vigorous a pace as you can sustain for a period of time while continuing to do the stroke properly.
Fit Day. Water Workouts. 5 Styles of Swimming to Help You Lose Weight.
NutriStrategy. Calories Burned Swimming – Various Swim Strokes and Water Aerobics.