How Many Calories Are Burned Swimming? One of the 5 Best Cardio Exercises to Burn Fat

by Pool Builders on 01-05-2010 in Articles

Swimming is a great cardio workout that almost everyone can do. Low impact, easy on the joints, and often this is an exercise that people with chronic injuries and body pains can still do. And swimming can be fun, relaxing and a great fat burning fitness exercise all at the same time. You can't say all that about jogging, at least that is my opinion. How many calories are burned swimming? Let's find out.

How many calories burned swimming will depend on the intensity and of course how long you are in the pool. The great thing about swimming is the variety will keep you interested, and you can switch off between hard and fast laps, and relaxing, leisurely strokes here and there.

Below are the 5 best cardio exercises you can do for burning fat and this includes swimming. These are the best choices because they are not only effective but are some of the more enjoyable forms of fitness that people like to do without getting too bored or over stressed.

  1. Step aerobics / dance. This is a favorite cardio workout because it is low impact, fun, and you can burn at least 700 calories per hour doing it.
  2. Swimming, of course. You can easily burn over 700 calories of fat but the bonus here is that almost every muscle is getting a workout here.
  3. Walking. Not as many calories per hour, maybe 400 if you are moving at a pretty good clip. But you can do this one anytime, anywhere. Even at the mall when it's nasty outside.
  4. Bicycling. This one works if you have good knees. Burn again over 700 calories per hour if you can sustain a pretty good pace.
  5. Elliptical bike. Better overall than bicycling once you get used to it, because it helps more muscle groups while giving you a great cardio workout. Burn maybe 600 calories per hour.

I love swimming and I am now learning to mix the right exercises with managing a very specific diet that is boosting my metabolism even more. I feel better than I have in a decade, and the fat is coming off at a pretty good clip. And I am not depriving myself from the foods I like either. My secret weapon to make this work is a little software program that a friend recommended. This program is giving me a fully customized diet and exercise plan and this is all I am using to get me on track.

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