How to Burn More Calories Swimming

Everyone knows that half an hour of swimming is a great way to burn around 250 calories while having fun and toning your muscles, but why settle for just that? Here's how to burn more and still feel great. It's possible to push your swim workout up a notch with these simple tips. First of all, keep your heart rate up to about 80%, you can push the bar from 476 calories per hour with normal swimming to 680 with vigorous swimming.
To further tone leg and arm muscles play around with pool accessories: kickboard, hand paddles, swim fins, or a foam buoy between your leg are all great choices to push yourself. Break up your natural rhythm to stimulate metabolism and heart rate: swim one lap, two laps, six laps, four laps, two laps....with a short 15-30 second rest between each one. Obviously swimming fast burns the most calories, but that doesn't mean you have to do the impossible for an hour – swim sprints every few laps instead. Finally, don't loiter, your time in the pool should be full active with no longer than a 10 second pause between laps.

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