Healthy eating and exercise is essential to leading a healthy lifestyle. According to the CDC, about one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese. That is a HUGE number of the American population. In order to help keep you and your family healthy, eating right and exercising daily is a must.
Swimming is an effective way to burn calories because it works all of the muscle groups. Not only that, but it is something the whole family can enjoy. Swimming, unlike running or lifting weights, is a low-impact sport. This means that there is minimal wear and tear to weight bearing joints.
According to Active, swimming can burn 400 to 930 calories/ hour depending on a few factors such as weight, metabolism, the speed of the participant, and the type of stroke used. The calories burned while swimming are comparable to other sports seen as big calorie burners. Running burns about the same amount of calories if run at a 9 minute mile, as does cycling is ridden about 15 mph.
In conclusion, swimming is a healthy, low impact way to burn calories and maintain weight. It is a great sport to do year round, rain or shine, and can be done throughout life.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. U.S. Obesity Trends. 2011. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/trends.HTML