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How Many Calories are Burned by Sports?



Welcome to the sports section of DietandFitnessToday where the highest number of calories burned is 625 Calories, for Crossfit maximal intensity. This is for an average male weighting 190 pounds (86 Kg). Below is a list of 130 activities based on the general description of sports, ranging from the highest calorie burn from 'Crossfit maximal intensity' which burns 625 calories in 30 minutes through to the activity 'sitting and performing light effort tai chi or qi gong, martial arts' which has the lowest calorie burn of 65 calories in 30 minutes, for a typical adult weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg).

For fencing, which is a typical intensity activity under the general description of sports activities, the average calories burned by a person weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg) in 30 minutes is 259 Calories. In one hour fencing will burn 517 Calories.

Summary of Sports Information and Charts

To help you find the information you need, we first focus on fencing which is the most common sports activity. This is followed by the activities with the highest burn rate which is Crossfit maximal intensity, and the lowest which is sitting and performing light effort tai chi or qi gong, martial arts, 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 sports activities measured as a percentage score out of 100 for the different sports 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 sports 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 sports, 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 Sports

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 sports Activity

As we have previously mentioned Fencing is a moderate and typical level of intensity for sports and can be used as a general representative approximate measure for calories burnt by sports. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) burns 259 Calories, while an average woman weighing 163 pounds (74 kg), in 30 minutes burns 222 Calories.

Calories Per Minute

The calories burned per minute for Fencing is 9 Calories per minute, for a typical man and for a typical female is 7 Calories per minute.

Calories Per Hour

The calories lost in one hour is 517 calories for a typical man, and 444 calories in one hour for a typical woman.

How to Burn 100 Calories

To burn 100 calories for a typical male would require 11 minutes of the activity fencing and to burn 100 calories with the same sports activity for a typical female would take 14 minutes.

Score and Rank

Fencing has a Calorie Burned Score© of 23.7 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 23.7 % of the highest realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calorie Burned Rank© of 65 out of 100 ie it is in the top 65 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 229 activities that have a higher calorie burn than fencing

Equivalent Activities

The following activities burn the same number of calories as Fencing -

  • basketball, non-game, general (Taylor Code 480)
  • building road, driving heavy machinery
  • butchering animal, large, vigorous effort
  • carpentry, outside house, installing rain gutters (Taylor Code 640),carpentry, outside house, building a fence
  • carpentry, sawing hardwood

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 Fencing burns 6.5 times more calories than the equivalent time of inactivity for an average man and 6.0 times more calories for an average female.

Food Calorie Equivalents

This level of 259 calories burnt by an average man fencing is equivalent to 0.5 Big Macs, 0.9 snickers bar, 2.2 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 0.9 cheeseburgers, 0.9 slices of pizza or 0.7 large blueberry muffins.

For an average female burning 222 calories is equivalent to 0.4 Big Macs, 0.8 snickers bar, 1.9 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 0.7 cheeseburgers, 0.8 slices of pizza or 0.6 large blueberry muffins.

Weight Loss from Sports

To answer the question how many pounds will I lose from the activity sports? Taking this example of fencing in 30 minutes, the weight loss for a typical man is a minimum of 0.04 pounds, and a typical woman would lose 0.03 pounds.

Based on 4 sessions per week of fencing for a duration of 30 minutes per session, the approximate time taken to lose one pound is 6 weeks for a man and 8 weeks for a woman, assuming no other changes in lifestyle or eating habits.

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

Sports Activity with the Highest Calorie Burn

The highest number of calories burned for an average person is achieved by Crossfit maximal intensity. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man burns 625 Calories, while an average woman in 30 minutes burns 536 Calories.

This activity of Crossfit maximal intensity has a Calories Burned Score© of 61.8 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 61.8 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 14 out of 100 ie it is in the top 14 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 11 activities that have a higher calorie burn than Crossfit maximal intensity

Since this level of activity is in the top 15% of all activities it is not advised to attempt this level of activity if you are just starting out on a new fitness regime. In fact this level of intensity may be beyond all but the highest levels of fitness.

Sports Activity with the Lowest Calorie Burn

The sports activity with the lowest calories burnt is sitting and performing light effort tai chi or qi gong, martial arts, which for an average man in 30 minutes burns 65 Calories, and for an average woman burns 55 Calories.

This activity of sitting and performing light effort tai chi or qi gong, martial arts has a Calories Burned Score© of 3.5 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 3.5 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 95 out of 100 ie it is in the top 95 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 782 activities that have a higher calorie burn than sitting and performing light effort tai chi or qi gong, martial arts

Average Calories Burned by Sports

Based on the the list of 130 sports activities, shown below, the average calories burned for an average male, weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) is 284 Calories for 30 minutes of sports. The average burnt for an average female, weighing 163 pounds (74 kg) is 243 Calories for 30 minutes of sports.

Sports for 30 minutes - Calories Burned Calculator

Calories Burned in 30 minutes of sports for Average Male (M) and Female (F) (click to personalise).
Crossfit maximal intensity - calories  Male=625 kcal, Female=536 kcal.
rollerblading, in-line skating, 24.0 km/h (15.0 mph), maximal effort - calories  Male=603 kcal, Female=518 kcal.
Crossfit at typical intensity - calories  Male=595 kcal, Female=510 kcal.
boxing, in ring, general - calories  Male=552 kcal, Female=473 kcal.
rollerblading, in-line skating, 21.0 to 21.7 km/h (13.0 to 13.6 mph), fast pace, exercise training - calories  Male=530 kcal, Female=455 kcal.
rope jumping, fast pace, 120-160 skips/min - calories  Male=530 kcal, Female=455 kcal.
handball, general (Taylor Code 520) - calories  Male=517 kcal, Female=444 kcal.
jai alai - calories  Male=517 kcal, Female=444 kcal.
playing squash - calories  Male=517 kcal, Female=444 kcal.
rope jumping, moderate pace, 100-120 skips/min, general, 2 foot skip, plain bounce - calories  Male=508 kcal, Female=436 kcal.
Crossfit low intensity - calories  Male=452 kcal, Female=388 kcal.
moderat pace tai-bo, martial art - calories  Male=444 kcal, Female=381 kcal.
moderate pace judo, martial art - calories  Male=444 kcal, Female=381 kcal.
moderate pace jujitsu, martial art - calories  Male=444 kcal, Female=381 kcal.
moderate pace karate, martial art - calories  Male=444 kcal, Female=381 kcal.
moderate pace kick boxing, martial art - calories  Male=444 kcal, Female=381 kcal.
moderate pace Muay Thai boxing, martial art - calories  Male=444 kcal, Female=381 kcal.
moderate pace tae kwan do, martial art - calories  Male=444 kcal, Female=381 kcal.
competitive soccer - calories  Male=431 kcal, Female=370 kcal.
hockey, ice, competitive - calories  Male=431 kcal, Female=370 kcal.
paddleball, competitive - calories  Male=431 kcal, Female=370 kcal.
racquetball, competitive - calories  Male=431 kcal, Female=370 kcal.
track and field (e.g., steeplechase, hurdles) - calories  Male=431 kcal, Female=370 kcal.
rollerblading, in-line skating, 17.7 km/h (11.0 mph), moderate pace, exercise training - calories  Male=422 kcal, Female=362 kcal.
basketball, drills, practice - calories  Male=401 kcal, Female=344 kcal.
horseback riding, jumping - calories  Male=388 kcal, Female=333 kcal.
orienteering - calories  Male=388 kcal, Female=333 kcal.
rope jumping, slow pace, < 100 skips/min, 2 foot skip, rhythm bounce - calories  Male=379 kcal, Female=325 kcal.
auto racing, open wheel - calories  Male=366 kcal, Female=314 kcal.
rugby, union, team, competitive - calories  Male=358 kcal, Female=307 kcal.
actively coaching while playing sport with players - calories  Male=345 kcal, Female=296 kcal.
competitive football - calories  Male=345 kcal, Female=296 kcal.
general ice hockey - calories  Male=345 kcal, Female=296 kcal.
general touch or flag football - calories  Male=345 kcal, Female=296 kcal.
lacrosse - calories  Male=345 kcal, Female=296 kcal.
playing basketball - calories  Male=345 kcal, Female=296 kcal.
playing beach volleyball in the sand - calories  Male=345 kcal, Female=296 kcal.
playing singles tennis - calories  Male=345 kcal, Female=296 kcal.
polo, on horseback - calories  Male=345 kcal, Female=296 kcal.
rock climbing or mountain climbing/mountaineering - calories  Male=345 kcal, Female=296 kcal.
team handball - calories  Male=345 kcal, Female=296 kcal.
ultimate frisbee - calories  Male=345 kcal, Female=296 kcal.
basketball, wheelchair - calories  Male=336 kcal, Female=288 kcal.
boxing, sparring - calories  Male=336 kcal, Female=288 kcal.
hockey, field - calories  Male=336 kcal, Female=288 kcal.
rock climbing, ascending rock, high difficulty - calories  Male=323 kcal, Female=277 kcal.
rollerblading, in-line skating, 14.4 km/h (9.0 mph), recreational pace - calories  Male=323 kcal, Female=277 kcal.
horseback riding, canter or gallop - calories  Male=315 kcal, Female=270 kcal.
squash, general - calories  Male=315 kcal, Female=270 kcal.
tennis, general - calories  Male=315 kcal, Female=270 kcal.
badminton, competitive (Taylor Code 450) - calories  Male=302 kcal, Female=259 kcal.
basketball, officiating (Taylor Code 500) - calories  Male=302 kcal, Female=259 kcal.
broomball - calories  Male=302 kcal, Female=259 kcal.
kickball - calories  Male=302 kcal, Female=259 kcal.
racquetball, general (Taylor Code 470) - calories  Male=302 kcal, Female=259 kcal.
rodeo sports, general, vigorous effort - calories  Male=302 kcal, Female=259 kcal.
skating, roller (Taylor Code 360) - calories  Male=302 kcal, Female=259 kcal.
soccer, casual, general (Taylor Code 540) - calories  Male=302 kcal, Female=259 kcal.
wallyball, general - calories  Male=302 kcal, Female=259 kcal.
basketball, general - calories  Male=280 kcal, Female=240 kcal.
rugby, touch, non-competitive - calories  Male=271 kcal, Female=233 kcal.
basketball, non-game, general (Taylor Code 480) - calories  Male=259 kcal, Female=222 kcal.
cheerleading, gymnastic moves, competitive - calories  Male=259 kcal, Female=222 kcal.
drag racing, pushing or driving a car - calories  Male=259 kcal, Female=222 kcal.
fencing - calories  Male=259 kcal, Female=222 kcal.
paddleball, casual, general (Taylor Code 460) - calories  Male=259 kcal, Female=222 kcal.
skateboarding, competitive, vigorous effort - calories  Male=259 kcal, Female=222 kcal.
softball,pitching - calories  Male=259 kcal, Female=222 kcal.
tennis, doubles (Taylor Code 430) - calories  Male=259 kcal, Female=222 kcal.
track and field (e.g., high jump, long jump, triple jump, javelin, pole vault) - calories  Male=259 kcal, Female=222 kcal.
volleyball, competitive, in gymnasium - calories  Male=259 kcal, Female=222 kcal.
wrestling (one match = 5 minutes) - calories  Male=259 kcal, Female=222 kcal.
children?s games, adults playing (e.g., hopscotch, 4-square, dodgeball, playground apparatus, t-ball, tetherball, marbles, arcade games), moderate effort - calories  Male=250 kcal, Female=214 kcal.
horseback riding, trotting - calories  Male=250 kcal, Female=214 kcal.
rock climbing, ascending or traversing rock, low-to-moderate difficulty - calories  Male=250 kcal, Female=214 kcal.
Alaska Native Games, Eskimo Olympics, general - calories  Male=237 kcal, Female=203 kcal.
badminton, social singles and doubles, general - calories  Male=237 kcal, Female=203 kcal.
boxing, punching bag - calories  Male=237 kcal, Female=203 kcal.
horseback riding, general - calories  Male=237 kcal, Female=203 kcal.
rodeo sports, general, moderate effort - calories  Male=237 kcal, Female=203 kcal.
golf, walking, pulling clubs - calories  Male=228 kcal, Female=196 kcal.
martial arts, different types, slower pace, novice performers, practice - calories  Male=228 kcal, Female=196 kcal.
rock climbing, rappelling - calories  Male=215 kcal, Female=185 kcal.
skateboarding, general, moderate effort - calories  Male=215 kcal, Female=185 kcal.
softball or baseball, fast or slow pitch, general (Taylor Code 440) - calories  Male=215 kcal, Female=185 kcal.
tennis, hitting balls, non-game play, moderate effort - calories  Male=215 kcal, Female=185 kcal.
cricket, batting, bowling, fielding - calories  Male=207 kcal, Female=177 kcal.
playing golf in general - calories  Male=207 kcal, Female=177 kcal.
basketball, shooting baskets - calories  Male=194 kcal, Female=166 kcal.
saddling, cleaning, grooming, harnessing and unharnessing horse - calories  Male=194 kcal, Female=166 kcal.
tennis, doubles - calories  Male=194 kcal, Female=166 kcal.
trampoline, competitive - calories  Male=194 kcal, Female=166 kcal.
archery, non-hunting - calories  Male=185 kcal, Female=159 kcal.
golf, walking, carrying clubs - calories  Male=185 kcal, Female=159 kcal.
horse chores, feeding, watering, cleaning stalls, implied walking and lifting loads - calories  Male=185 kcal, Female=159 kcal.
coaching, football, soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, etc. - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
curling - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
hacky sack - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
high ropes course, multiple elements - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
juggling - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
light effort touch or flag football - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
moto-cross, off-road motor sports, all-terrain vehicle, general - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
rodeo sports, general, light effort - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
softball, officiating - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
softball, practice - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
table tennis or ping pong - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
throwing the shot, discus or hammer in track and field - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
volleyball - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
gymnastics, general - calories  Male=164 kcal, Female=140 kcal.
horseback riding,walking - calories  Male=164 kcal, Female=140 kcal.
indoor bowling at a bowling alley - calories  Male=164 kcal, Female=140 kcal.
golf, using power cart (Taylor Code 070) - calories  Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.
hang gliding - calories  Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.
skydiving, base jumping or bungee jumping - calories  Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.
trampoline, recreational - calories  Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.
croquet - calories  Male=142 kcal, Female=122 kcal.
lawn bowling, bocce ball, outdoor - calories  Male=142 kcal, Female=122 kcal.
sports spectator, very excited, emotional, physically moving - calories  Male=142 kcal, Female=122 kcal.
bowling (Taylor Code 390) - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
frisbee playing, general - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
general non-competitive volleyball with a 6 - 9 member team - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
general tai chi or qi gong, martial art - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
golf, miniature, driving range - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
horseshoe pitching, quoits - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
shuffleboard - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
billiards - calories  Male=108 kcal, Female=92 kcal.
darts, wall or lawn - calories  Male=108 kcal, Female=92 kcal.
football or baseball, playing catch - calories  Male=108 kcal, Female=92 kcal.
horse cart, driving, standing or sitting - calories  Male=78 kcal, Female=67 kcal.
sitting and performing light effort tai chi or qi gong, martial arts - calories  Male=65 kcal, Female=55 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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