How Many Calories are Burned by Basketball?
Last modified 4th January 2016
These basketball activities range 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).
To help you find the information you need, we first focus on the most common basketball activities. This is followed by the activities with the highest, lowest and average burnt calories per minute and per hour
We also cover the predicted weight loss from basketball, typical food calorie equivalents and our new proprietary calories burned score© and calories burned rank©
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 the same activity will burn 689 Calories.
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©.
The calorie score gives an indication of the relative burn rate 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 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.
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
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.
|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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