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How many calories do you burn swimming?

How Many calories can you burn swimming?

Well, it depends on a couple of things; How fast you're swimming, how hard you're swimming and with what resistance?

To get you started here's a table of data on calories burned during exercise from Nutristrategy.com. These figures are for 60 minutes of exercise, so obviously, just half the figures to work it out for 30 minutes of exercise.

ExerciseActivity, Exercise or Sport (1 hour)

130 lb
155 lb
180 lb
205 lb

Swimming laps, freestyle, fast

590

704

817

931

Swimming laps, freestyle, slow

413

493

572

651

Swimming backstroke

413

493

572

651

Swimming breaststroke

590

704

817

931

Swimming butterfly

649

774

899

1024

Swimming leisurely, not laps

354

422

490

558

Swimming sidestroke

472

563

654

745

Swimming synchronized

472

563

654

745

Swimming, treading water, fast, vigorous

590

704

817

931

Swimming, treading water, moderate

236

281

327

372

Water aerobics, water calisthenics

236

281

327

372

Water polo

590

704

817

931

Water volleyball

177

211

245

279

Water jogging
472
563
654
745
Diving, springboard or platform
177
211
245
279

Can't swim well? Just try kicking.

Don't worry if you're not a strong swimmer. One of best ways to improve your fitness in a swimming pool is by kicking. Your legs are home to some of the biggest muscles in the human body. Your quads and hamstrings are massive muscles and require a lot of oxygen, so any exercise using these muscles will burn a lot of calories.

How to burn calories in the pool without swimming.

On the note of kicking, if you want to burn calories in the pool without swimming then get yourself a kickboard and just get cracking. Now to give you a couple of tips on to kick correctly 

1. Try not to bend at the Knee too much: When kicking your legs try not to bend your knees too much, you'll lose all your propulsion from your hips and it will be much harder.

2. Kick from the hips: You should always kick from the hips, use your upper leg muscles, not just your calves. Use the whole or your leg and slightly rotate your hips at the same time.

3. Point your toes: You want to use your feet as if you are kicking a ball with your laces - ideally, the tops of your feet should be in line with your shins (this depends on your ankle flexibility).

To give you an idea of how swimming compares with other exercises here are a few interesting and relevant ones pulled out of the whole list:

You can burn around 590 calories an hour playing Waterpolo. 

How do you play water polo? Well, it's not a solitary sport, you can't exactly grab a ball and get going. We won't go into the rules here, but essentially you have two nets, two teams and the aim is to get the ball in the back of the oppositions net - using one hand. By the way, you can't touch the floor when you have the ball either. Here is a useful video on the rules of water polo.

Running cross country burns around 533 calories per hour.

Cross Country?? No thank you. It's a fairly well-known fact among athletics coaches that swimmers can make great cross country runners when they are younger. Generally, it's because they have built up great aerobic fitness in the pool. If you prefer the outdoors to the black line at the bottom of a pool then maybe give this a go.

Running for an hour at 8-minute mile pace can burn about 730 calories per hour.

Running is obviously the great competitor with swimming when it comes to burning calories. I generally believe that if you love running you'll continue to do it no matter what. But for those of you who do it because you think it's the best option for burning fat then maybe you should try and give swimming a chance. If it helps at all, swimming pools are usually heated to around 28 degrees...

Calories are not everything

An important thing to remember is that it's not all about calories. Think about all the other factors involved such as the potential for injuries. Weather conditions and sports accessibility.

A lot of people turn to swimming when sports or exercise like running fail them. Lots of intensive running can really damage your body, even with the smallest flaw in your technique. Swimming is a bit more forgiving in this way, the majority of swimming injuries are shoulder or back injuries. Whatever you choose, enjoy it!

 

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