Swimming is an aerobic exercise that works large muscles groups without putting a lot of stress on your body. You can use a swimming calculator to estimate how many calories you have burned after each work out. To lose one pound, you need to burn 3500 calories. The amount of calories burned depends on the activity, the intensity the activity is performed and your weight. For example, swimming laps for an hour will burn approximately 423 calories if you are 160 pounds, 528 calories if you are 200 pounds, and 632 calories if you are 240 pounds.

In comparison, the average person weighing 200 pounds will approximately burn per hour:

  • 364 calories biking leisurely (<10 mph)
  • 273 calories bowling
  • 273 calories ballroom dancing
  • 755 calories running at 5 mph
  • 1074 calories running at 8 mph
  • 619 calories cross-country skiing
  • 364 calories playing volleyball
  • 728 calories playing basketball
  • 391 calories playing golf while carrying clubs
  • 546 calories water skiing
  • 455 calories playing baseball or softball
  • 728 calories playing singles tennis
  • 255 calories walking at 2 mph
  • 391 calories walking at 3.5 mph

The appeal of this sport is that the activity exercises the entire body while increasing flexibility and improving respiratory health. The amount of calories burned during swimming changes when you change your activity and intensity level in the water.

The average person weighing 205 pounds will approximately burn per hour:

  • Swimming backstroke – 651 calories
  • Swimming breaststroke – 931 calories
  • Swimming butterfly – 1024 calories
  • Swimming freestyle, fast laps – 931 calories
  • Swimming freestyle, slow laps – 651 calories
  • Swimming leisurely, not laps – 558 calories
  • Swimming sidestroke – 745 calories
  • Synchronized swimming – 745 calories
  • Treading water, fast – 931 calories
  • Treading water, moderate – 372 calories
  • Water aerobics – 372 calories
  • Water calisthenics – 372 calories
  • Water jogging – 745 calories
  • Water polo – 931 calories

During competition, the amount of calories burned increases dramatically. The butterfly stroke burns the most during competition. The average swimmer weighing 205 pounds will burn approximately 1024 calories an hour doing the butterfly at a competitive event. In comparison, the average 205-pound swimmer burns around 651 calories per hour swimming the backstroke during competition. The average swimmer weighing 135 pounds burns about 649 calories per hour doing the butterfly and 413 calories per hour doing the backstroke at competitive events.

Swimming is an excellent way to burn calories. Swimming exercises your entire body, increases flexibility, and improves circulation and respiration. Unlike running, swimming does not put stress on your joints. Swimming is a low-impact, vigorous aerobic exercise that can be enjoyed by all fitness levels.

A calorie burn calculator can help you estimate how many calories you burn while swimming. After inputting the required data, the calculator will tell you about how many calories you burned. Knowing how many calories you burn will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and reach your fitness goals. Here’s a swimming calorie calculator if you’d like to keep track of what you’ve burned:

Calories Burned Calculator
Estimate the calories you burned swimming:

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