How Many Calories Does Swimming Burn
Swimming breaststroke for 30 minutes will burn between 150 and 280 calories, depending on your weight and speed.
Doing the same swim in front crawl will burn 10% more calories.
The amount of calories burned will depend on your weight, swimming stroke, time spent swimming and then to a lesser degree speed. Use the calculator below for a custom calculation.
Calories Burned Swimming Calculator
Our calories burned swimming calculator will give you a personal estimate of how many calories you burned swimming based on average metabolic rates. The calorie counter for swimming uses your weight, minutes spent swimming, swimming stroke, and speed which we calculate from the distance.
How many calories do you burn doing the breaststroke vs backstroke?
Swimming breaststroke will burn 10% more calories than backstroke.
For example here’s the calorie burn for a 200 pound person swimming each stroke for 60 minutes:
What burns the most calories running or swimming and which is better?
Minute for minute running burns around 70% more calories than swimming. However running is very high impact and may not be practical if you are overweight.
1 hour running followed by 4 weeks not running due to injury, burns far less calories than a steady hours swim 3 times a week for 4 weeks.
Swimming is an ideal starter exercise if you’re overweight. It is easy on your joints and won’t cause you the injuries frequently experienced by new runners.
A good progression path is to start your exercise routine with swimming. When you start to lose some weight and increase fitness, include walking. Then as that get’s easier change the walking to running.
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How much swimming is equivalent to running a mile?
A 40 minute front crawl swim is equivalent to running 1 mile.
Swimming can provide a great exercise workout. Swimming is a particularly great workout if you suffering from impact related joint pain or are looking to add some cross training into your workout routine, as you can continue with swimming, burning calories with reduced stress and impact on your body.
During your swimming exercise routine aim to swim laps at a fast pace, but ensure this is a pace you can maintain for the duration. The time you spend swimming will affect you calorie burn far more than the speed. You will burn more calories if you spend twice as much time in your swimming workout than if you perform it at twice the speed.
Benefits of Swimming
Swimming can provide you an excellent all round workout:
- Front & Back Crawl workout your arms & shoulders
- Breast stroke works your chest and thighs
- Butterfly (if you can manage it) focuses on your chest and abs
Whichever stroke you use, the benefits of swimming are:
- Low impact exercise
- increased fitness
- increased lung capacity
- extra calorie burn
This is the calories burned swimming front crawl for 60 minutes at a steady pace: