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The number of calories you burn swimming depends on several factors, including:

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The number of calories you burn swimming depends on several factors, including:

  • Your weight: Heavier individuals generally burn more calories performing the same activity compared to lighter individuals.
  • Swimming intensity: The intensity of your swim directly impacts calorie burn. More vigorous swimming like freestyle sprints burns significantly more calories than casual backstroke.
  • Duration of your swim: The longer you swim, the more calories you burn, assuming you maintain a consistent intensity.
  • Your body composition: Muscle burns more calories than fat, so individuals with a higher muscle mass tend to burn more calories at rest and during exercise.

Here's a general reference to estimate calorie burn while swimming, based on a 150-pound (68 kg) individual:

**Swimming Stroke & Intensity Estimated Calories Burned per Hour**
Treading water (moderate effort) 223 calories
Backstroke (moderate effort) 305 calories
Breaststroke (moderate effort) 337 calories
Freestyle (light or moderate effort) 369 calories
Freestyle (medium to vigorous effort) 528 calories
Butterfly 878 calories
  • These are just estimates, and your actual calorie burn might differ based on the factors mentioned above.
  • Online calculators can provide more personalized estimates by considering your weight, duration, and intensity of your swim.
  • Wearable fitness trackers can also offer estimations of calorie burn during exercise, but their accuracy can vary.
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