How Many Calories Do You Burn While Swimming?

We all know swimming is one of those great, low-impact sports that you can perform no matter what condition your body is in. We also know that swimming is one of those rare “total body” workouts that can work just about every muscle in your body. However, how good is it for your calories? Does swimming burn a lot of calories, or just a few?

Fortunately, with a little help from, we have the answer. Turns out, it depends on the kind of stroke you are performing and your bodyweight. Keep in mind that these are estimates, not exacts, so depending on your individual metabolism, your calorie count may actually vary a bit from these estimates.

But if you have ever been curious how many calories your time in the pool can burn, take a look below!

The following chart includes calorie counts based on an hour of swimming for each stroke specified:

Stroke 130 lbs 155 lbs 180 lbs 205 lbs
Freestyle, Fast 590 704 817 931
Freestyle, Slow 413 493 572 651
Backstroke 413 493 572 651
Breaststroke 590 704 817 931
Butterfly 649 774 899 1024
Sidestroke 472 563 654 756
Treading Water 236 281 327 372









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