You want to burn as many calo­ries as pos­si­ble, so which exer­cise is for you?  How does swim­ming com­pare with other forms of exer­cise? How many calo­ries does swim­ming burn?

Look­ing at a calories-burned-per-hour basis, here’s how swim­ming stacks up. Swim­ming is def­i­nitely in the run­ning with some of the most inten­sive sports out there. (Played a sin­gles match lately? Whew!)

Swim­ming laps:

Freestyle Fast – 590 calories

Freestyle slow – 413 calories

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Swim­ming is right up there with ten­nis, aer­o­bics and run­ning when it comes to calorie-burning. And the big bonus: No impact injuries involved!

Run­ning 6 mph – 590 calories

Ten­nis, sin­gles – 472 calories

Sta­tion­ary Cycling, mod­er­ate – 413 calories

Sta­tion­ary Cycling, vig­or­ous – 620 calories

Jazzer­cise – 354 calories

Step Aer­o­bics – 502 calories

Even if your goal is to burn a high level of calo­ries, other fac­tors should be con­sid­ered when you are look­ing at var­i­ous ways to achieve your fit­ness and weight loss goals.  For exam­ple, if you have knee, hip, or back pain, swim­ming is much eas­ier on your joints.  Sports like run­ning, ten­nis and aer­o­bics put a great deal of impact stress on your body.

The impor­tant fac­tor is to move and stay fit.  No mat­ter what your fit­ness level, age or joint/pain issues, swim­ming is a great choice to help you achieve your goals.  It pro­vides safe, non-impact car­dio­vas­cu­lar ben­e­fits as well as mus­cle strength­en­ing. Plus it has SO many other ben­e­fits, espe­cially for your kids. Check out some of them here. The take-home mes­sage: Swim­ming burns calories!

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