How many calories do you burn playing Basketball?

Calories Burned Calculator for Basketball

Calories Burned Calculator
Calories Burned Calculator

For an individual who weighs 180 pounds, Basketball burns an average of 549 calories per hour. However, the number of calories burned varies depending on the type and intensity of the activity, as well as the individual’s body weight.

To estimate the number of calories burned during Basketball or other activities, you can use our Calorie Calculator tool. Simply input the details of the activity, and the calculator will provide you with an estimate of the number of calories burned.

Calories burned with Team Sports (weight: 180 lbs)

MET 15 mins. 30 mins. 45 mins. 60 mins.
American Football 4 86 171 257 343
Baseball 4 86 171 257 343
Basketball 6.4 137 274 411 549
Field Hockey 7.5 161 321 482 643
Handball 7.5 161 321 482 643
Lacrosse 7.8 167 334 502 669
Rugby 7.4 159 317 476 634
Soccer 7 150 300 450 600
Softball 4 86 171 257 343
Volleyball 4 86 171 257 343

How to calculate calories burned during a Basketball session?

To estimate the calorie burn for Basketball , we utilize the MET value (Metabolic Equivalent of Task) associated with the activity.

Basketball has a MET value of 6.4, which is used to estimate the amount of calories burned during the activity.

We calculate the calories burned by multiplying the MET value with the individual’s body weight in kilograms, then multiplying the result by 0.0175 and the duration of the activity performed in minutes.

For example:

  • Your body weighs: 180 lbs
  • Durition: 60 minutes
  • MET value of Basketball: 6.4

The following is an example of how to estimate the number of calories burned during a 60-minute Basketball session:
(180 / 2.20462) * 6.4 * 0.0175 * 60 minutes = 549

What is MET?

MET stands for Metabolic Equivalent of Task, and it is a unit used to measure the amount of energy expended during physical activity. The MET value of an activity is calculated by comparing the rate of energy expended during that activity to the rate of energy expended while at rest. Essentially, the MET value is the ratio of the working metabolic rate to the resting metabolic rate. We use the MET value to estimate the amount of energy expended and, therefore, the number of calories burned during an activity like Basketball.

METs are a measure of energy expenditure during physical activity, and understanding them requires knowledge of how the body uses energy. The energy required for movement is generated by the cells in our muscles, which use oxygen. One MET is equivalent to 3.5 milliliters of oxygen consumed per kilogram of body weight per minute. Energy expenditure during physical activity can vary among individuals based on factors such as age and fitness level. MET values can be helpful in designing an exercise plan or assessing the effectiveness of a workout routine for most healthy adults.

Note: It’s important to note that while METs are useful for estimating the energy expenditure of physical activities, they cannot accurately account for individual differences such as weight, age, gender, intensity of movement, and environmental factors. Therefore, even when performing the same activity, the energy expenditure will vary from person to person.


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