Tips to burn more calories while swimming
1. Use training aids to work harder and tone up
When you use training aids, such as kickboards or a pull buoy, it allows you to work on specific muscle groups.
So, if you want to work on your lower or upper body, you can use these to tone up.
For your arms, use a pull buoy and for your legs, use a kickboard.
2. Create resistance
The more resistance there is in the water, the more calories you will be able to burn.
For this, you can either use your own body or use equipment. A lot of professional swimmers try out gears like fins or hand paddles or even wear a loose swimsuit over the speedo (known as a drag suit).
3. Take less rest
A lot of people spend around 10% of their time resting in the pool. And even though there is nothing wrong with that, but, if you want to burn more calories, you should try to reduce your rest periods.
If you rest less and swim for longer, your heart rate will remain up and you will be able to burn more calories.
Make sure that you have realistic goals while swimming. You can try swimming for longer, reducing your lap times, and more.
With a goal in front of you, you will be able to build momentum.
4. Swim Individual Medley (IM)
In an individual medley, you have to swim four primary strokes back to back.
You can try swimming a lap of butterfly, followed by a lap of backstroke, a lap of breaststroke, and end with a lap of freestyle.
After your IM, you can either do a couple of laps of leisurely backstroke or breaststroke or any stroke that is easier to recover from.
Once you are done, you can repeat the IM.