Calories Burnt with Swimming

Swimming has become well known as one of the most effective ways to burn calories. The more calories you burn, the more weight you will lose when it well balanced diet is followed. In this article, we will cover five of the most common swimming methods and how many calories they burn. You will also give you a comparison of other exercises and the results they provide over the same time period.

The results listed below will require you to swim each technique and a fast pace without making yourself tired within the first few minutes.



The butterfly stroke is one of the most well-known strokes and used in the Olympics and various other events worldwide. This stroke is also known to be one of the biggest fat burners as you use your entire body.

During the proper technique of the butterfly stroke can burn up to 404 calories in just 30 minutes. Exercising for now and in the morning with a 20 minute break between each 20 minute session, will allow you to burn up to 540 calories. In comparison, walking and 2 MPH for the same amount of time with a 20 minute break will only burden of 100 calories, walking at 3 MPH will burn 132 calories. To reach the same amounts of calories burnt as swimming, you will need to run at 8 miles per hour for the same amount of time.



The backstroke will not be as effective as breast stroke, but you will still be able to burn up to 350 calories from an hour session including a 20 minute break. To achieve the same results you will need to run the same amount of time at 6 MPH or a cycle 12 to 14 MPH to achieve the same results.


This technique will once again provide incredible results wide burning up to 490 calories with a 1 hour session including a 20 minute break. You will be required to run at about 7 MPH or cycle almost double the amount of time at 12 MPH. Once again, the breaststroke uses your entire body to move through the water, meaning you use more muscles and burn more calories.


Front Crawl

The front crawl technique can be performed with a slow and fast pace. At a slower pace, you can burn up to 350 calories with a 40 minute workout and 20 minute break. Cycling at 14 MPH for the same amount of time will provide the same results. However, it’s important to remember that cycling does not work or all the muscles that swimming does.

Being the front crawl at a faster pace will provide the most impressive results. Athletes can expect to burn as much as 540 calories from a 40 minute workout and a 20 minute break. This means you will need to cycle for 1 hour at 14 MPH to achieve similar results. You can also run at 8 MPH to burn 540 calories in the same amount of time as swimming.