Swimming is perfect for your heart, muscle tone, and depending on who you ask; it can be perfect for weight loss.
Calories burn while swimming
The rate at which you burn calories is known as your metabolism. When you exercise, this speed increases – you burn more calories. How many calories depends on several factors, including gender, body composition, and, most importantly, your level of exertion.
How many calories can swimming burn? And how does swimming work with other endurance sports such as running or cycling? The answer varies, but here are some numbers to think about:
Factors to consider
First, your weight plays a significant role in how much you burn. The more body weight, the more calories you can burn. In addition, your metabolism is also an essential factor in how many calories you burn. Below are some estimates based on the American College of Sports Medicine research data.
- A 130-pound person who swims freestyle for one hour will burn 590 calories that swim fast and 413 calories that swim slower.
- A 155-pound person who swims freestyle for one hour will burn 704 calories that swim fast and 493 calories that swim slower.
- A 180-pound person who swims freestyle for one hour will burn 817 calories that swim fast and 572 calories that swim slower.
- A 205-pound person who swims freestyle for one hour will burn 931 calories that swim fast and 651 calories that swim slower.
Mixing Up The Strokes
Each competing stroke engages different muscle groups, so how many calories you burn depends on how much of each stroke you swim. If you want a fun workout, you should do IM work!
The king of calorie burning is the butterfly. A person weighing 130 pounds can burn 649 calories in an hour, while a 205-pound person can burn up to 1,024 calories.