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How Many Calories are Burned by Tennis?


Last modified 4th December 2015

Welcome to the tennis section of DietandFitnessToday and the associated calories burned and weight lost. Here we present a list of 4 activities based on the general description of tennis and the calories burnt for a typical man and woman.

These tennis activities range from the highest calorie burn from 'tennis, general' which burns 315 calories in 30 minutes through to the activity 'tennis, doubles' which has the lowest calorie burn of 194 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 tennis 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 tennis, typical food calorie equivalents and our new proprietary calories burned score© and calories burned rank©

For tennis, doubles (Taylor Code 430), which is a typical intensity activity under the general description of tennis activities, the average calories burned by a person weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg) in 30 minutes is 259 Calories. In one hour the same activity will burn 517 Calories.

Effect of Intensity on the Calorie Calculator

Although the above is a typical example for tennis, 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 Tennis

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 tennis 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 tennis Activity

As we have previously mentioned Tennis, doubles (Taylor Code 430) is a moderate and typical level of intensity for tennis and can be used as a general representative approximate measure for calories burnt by tennis. 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 Tennis, doubles (Taylor Code 430) 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 tennis, doubles (Taylor Code 430) and to burn 100 calories with the same tennis activity for a typical female would take 14 minutes.

Score and Rank

Tennis, doubles (Taylor Code 430) 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 tennis, doubles (Taylor Code 430)

Equivalent Activities

The following activities burn the same number of calories as Tennis, doubles (Taylor Code 430) -

  • 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 Tennis, doubles (Taylor Code 430) 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 tennis, doubles (Taylor Code 430) 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 Tennis

To answer the question how many pounds will I lose from the activity tennis? Taking this example of tennis, doubles (Taylor Code 430) 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 tennis, doubles (Taylor Code 430) 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 tennis, doubles (Taylor Code 430) for a duration of 30 minutes per session, would lose 1kg in 3 weeks for a man and 4 weeks for a woman.

Tennis Activity with the Highest Calorie Burn

The highest number of calories burned for an average person is achieved by tennis, general. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man burns 315 Calories, while an average woman in 30 minutes burns 270 Calories.

This activity of tennis, general has a Calories Burned Score© of 29.5 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 29.5 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 54 out of 100 ie it is in the top 54 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 168 activities that have a higher calorie burn than tennis, general

Tennis Activity with the Lowest Calorie Burn

The tennis activity with the lowest calories burnt is tennis, doubles, which for an average man in 30 minutes burns 194 Calories, and for an average woman burns 166 Calories.

This activity of tennis, doubles has a Calories Burned Score© of 16.9 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 16.9 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 74 out of 100 ie it is in the top 74 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 366 activities that have a higher calorie burn than tennis, doubles

Average Calories Burned by Tennis

Based on the the list of 4 tennis activities, shown below, the average calories burned for an average male, weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) is 246 Calories for 30 minutes of tennis. The average burnt for an average female, weighing 163 pounds (74 kg) is 211 Calories for 30 minutes of tennis.

Tennis for 30 minutes - Calories Burned Calculator

Calories Burned in 30 minutes of tennis for Average Male (M) and Female (F) (click to personalise).
tennis, general - calories  Male=315 kcal, Female=270 kcal.
tennis, doubles (Taylor Code 430) - calories  Male=259 kcal, Female=222 kcal.
tennis, hitting balls, non-game play, moderate effort - calories  Male=215 kcal, Female=185 kcal.
tennis, doubles - calories  Male=194 kcal, Female=166 kcal.

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