Running vs swimming: Which burns more calories?

Running and swimming are both popular sports. Plus, you don’t have to be particularly good at either to see the benefits. And hello, #wildswimming is currently one of the hottest workout trends — it’s racking up nearly 200 million views on TikTok — so it’s certainly worth diving into the topic.

Both forms of exercise build stronger muscles and improve cardiovascular fitness and endurance, but which burns more calories? Of course, variables come into play — speed, workout length and the type of run or swim you undertake — so this isn’t an easy metric to verify.