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How Many Calories are Burned by Basketball?



Welcome to the basketball section of DietandFitnessToday where the highest number of calories burned is 401 Calories, for basketball, drills, practice. This is for an average male weighting 190 pounds (86 Kg). Below is a list of 8 activities based on the general description of basketball, ranging from the highest calorie burn from 'basketball, drills, practice' which burns 401 calories in 30 minutes through to the activity 'coaching, football, soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, etc.' which has the lowest calorie burn of 172 calories in 30 minutes, for a typical adult weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg).

For playing basketball, which is a typical intensity activity under the general description of basketball activities, the average calories burned by a person weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg) in 30 minutes is 345 Calories. In one hour playing basketball will burn 689 Calories.

Summary of Basketball Information and Charts

To help you find the information you need, we first focus on playing basketball which is the most common basketball activity. This is followed by the activities with the highest burn rate which is basketball, drills, practice, and the lowest which is coaching, football, soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, etc., giving the average calories burned per minute and per hour, along with food calorie equivalents and our new proprietary calories burned score© and calories burned rank©The calorie score gives an indication of the relative burn rate of the basketball activities measured as a percentage score out of 100 for the different basketball activities, where 100% is the maximum calorie burn which we estimate from running at a pace of 4 minutes per mile which is a world class speed for running for 30 mins.

The calorie rank is the rank of the basketball activity compared with all other 800 activities in our database to give an indication of the percentage of activities which have a higher or lower calorie burn. A rank of 1 means it is the highest ranking activity in terms or calorie burn and a rank of 100 means it is the activity with the lowest carlorie burn compared with all other activities.

Effect of Intensity on the Calorie Calculator

Although the above is a typical example for basketball, the calculator we use to determine the calories burnt depends on the intensity, duration and your body weight. At the bottom of the article we have a variety of different intensities which can be personalized based on your weight and the duration of the activities, using our free calculator.

Calorie Score and Calorie Rank for Basketball

At dietandfitnesstoday we have a new proprietary concept of a Calories Burned Score© and Calories Burned Rank©.

Calories Burned in 30 Minutes for a Typical basketball Activity

As we have previously mentioned Playing basketball is a moderate and typical level of intensity for basketball and can be used as a general representative approximate measure for calories burnt by basketball. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) burns 345 Calories, while an average woman weighing 163 pounds (74 kg), in 30 minutes burns 296 Calories.

Calories Per Minute

The calories burned per minute for Playing basketball is 11 Calories per minute, for a typical man and for a typical female is 10 Calories per minute.

Calories Per Hour

The calories lost in one hour is 689 calories for a typical man, and 591 calories in one hour for a typical woman.

How to Burn 100 Calories

To burn 100 calories for a typical male would require 9 minutes of the activity playing basketball and to burn 100 calories with the same basketball activity for a typical female would take 10 minutes.

Score and Rank

Playing basketball has a Calorie Burned Score© of 32.7 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 32.7 % of the highest realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calorie Burned Rank© of 49 out of 100 ie it is in the top 49 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 117 activities that have a higher calorie burn than playing basketball

Equivalent Activities

The following activities burn the same number of calories as Playing basketball -

  • actively coaching while playing sport with players
  • bicycling, 12-13.9 mph, leisure, moderate effort
  • calisthenics (e.g., push ups, sit ups, pull-ups, jumping jacks), vigorous effort
  • carrying 25 to 49 lb load, upstairs
  • carrying heavy loads (e.g., bricks, tools)

Comparison with Inactivity

30 mins of inactivity for example just sitting and watching television burns 43 calories for a typical man and 37 calories for a typical woman. Which means Playing basketball burns 8.6 times more calories than the equivalent time of inactivity for an average man and 8.0 times more calories for an average female.

Food Calorie Equivalents

This level of 345 calories burnt by an average man playing basketball is equivalent to 0.6 Big Macs, 1.2 snickers bar, 2.9 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 1.2 cheeseburgers, 1.2 slices of pizza or 0.9 large blueberry muffins.

For an average female burning 296 calories is equivalent to 0.5 Big Macs, 1.1 snickers bar, 2.5 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 1.0 cheeseburgers, 1.0 slices of pizza or 0.8 large blueberry muffins.

Weight Loss from Basketball

To answer the question how many pounds will I lose from the activity basketball? Taking this example of playing basketball in 30 minutes, the weight loss for a typical man is a minimum of 0.05 pounds, and a typical woman would lose 0.04 pounds.

Based on 4 sessions per week of playing basketball for a duration of 30 minutes per session, the approximate time taken to lose one pound is 5 weeks for a man and 6 weeks for a woman, assuming no other changes in lifestyle or eating habits.

The same 4 sessions per week of playing basketball for a duration of 30 minutes per session, would lose 1kg in 2 weeks for a man and 3 weeks for a woman.

Basketball Activity with the Highest Calorie Burn

The highest number of calories burned for an average person is achieved by basketball, drills, practice. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man burns 401 Calories, while an average woman in 30 minutes burns 344 Calories.

This activity of basketball, drills, practice has a Calories Burned Score© of 38.5 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 38.5 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 42 out of 100 ie it is in the top 42 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 84 activities that have a higher calorie burn than basketball, drills, practice

Basketball Activity with the Lowest Calorie Burn

The basketball activity with the lowest calories burnt is coaching, football, soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, etc., which for an average man in 30 minutes burns 172 Calories, and for an average woman burns 148 Calories.

This activity of coaching, football, soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, etc. has a Calories Burned Score© of 14.7 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 14.7 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 77 out of 100 ie it is in the top 77 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 421 activities that have a higher calorie burn than coaching, football, soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, etc.

Average Calories Burned by Basketball

Based on the the list of 8 basketball activities, shown below, the average calories burned for an average male, weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) is 286 Calories for 30 minutes of basketball. The average burnt for an average female, weighing 163 pounds (74 kg) is 245 Calories for 30 minutes of basketball.

Basketball for 30 minutes - Calories Burned Calculator

Calories Burned in 30 minutes of basketball for Average Male (M) and Female (F) (click to personalise).
basketball, drills, practice - calories  Male=401 kcal, Female=344 kcal.
playing basketball - calories  Male=345 kcal, Female=296 kcal.
basketball, wheelchair - calories  Male=336 kcal, Female=288 kcal.
basketball, officiating (Taylor Code 500) - calories  Male=302 kcal, Female=259 kcal.
basketball, general - calories  Male=280 kcal, Female=240 kcal.
basketball, non-game, general (Taylor Code 480) - calories  Male=259 kcal, Female=222 kcal.
basketball, shooting baskets - calories  Male=194 kcal, Female=166 kcal.
coaching, football, soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, etc. - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.

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Calories Burned Activities


  aerobics
  at work
  badminton
  baseball
  ballet
  ballroom dancing
  basketball
  boxing
  biking
  canoeing
  climbing
  cleaning
  cricket
  cross country skiing
  crossfit
  cycling
  dancing
  exercise
  elliptical
  fishing
  football
  fencing
  gardening
  golf
  gymnastics
  hiking
  horse riding
  housework
  ice skating
  jogging
  judo
  karate
  kayaking
  kick boxing
  pilates
  rodeo sports
  rollerblading
  ropejumping
  rowing
  rugby
  running
  resting
  sailing
  shopping
  sitting
  skating
  skiing
  sleeping
  soccer
  softball
  spinning
  sports
  standing
  step aerobics
  swimming
  tae kwan do
  tennis
  treadmill
  volleyball
  walking
  water polo
  weight lifting
  yoga
  zumba

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