7 Sports that Burn The Most Calories

Sports are a great way to maintain your body weight. While some sports burn many calories, some other are less energy consuming and burn fewer calories. Here are the seven sports that burn the most calories.

Ice Skating

There are numerous types of ice skating, but speed skating tops the number of calories burned within one hour. Speed skating can burn up to 800 calories per hour.

This is due to how your legs constantly kick to gain more speed while your arms constantly sway to keep your balance. Additionally, all your body muscles need to work when you are trying to swirl or jump.


Racquetball is considered a vigorous aerobic activity that can burn up to 600 calories per hour on competitive matches.

Racquetball trains your cardiorespiratory and coordination-building capacities, as well as your core flexibility.


A full-court basketball game burns around 740 calories per hour. You can feel the burning pain in your muscles especially when you start playing basketball after a long time.

The source of calories burned comes from the extreme movements that your hands make when dribbling the ball, and also how your feet bent a little when you are in a guarded position.

Tennis (single)

A single game of leisure tennis may burn up to 100 calories per hour, but an intense competitive singles game of tennis can burn up to 560 calories per hour.

Tennis requires you to continually use your upper arm muscles to swing approximately 309 grams of a tennis racquet. When swinging a forehand, you are required to put your left foot forward and bent your feet. This requires much energy as you are hitting the ball.


Another famous sport that you know that can burn many calories is soccer. A half of a soccer game is 45 minutes long and can burn up to 400 calories for people who weigh around 83 kg.

In soccer, a player is required to run a 110m length field back and forth. Additionally, not every position in a soccer game burns the same amount of calories. A goalkeeper tends to consume a lot fewer calories compared to midfielders.

Vigorous Swimming

Swimming is another way to torch your calories. However, the amount of calories burned depends on your body weight. If you weigh 58 kg, a slow freestyle swim can burn up to 590 calories, while a vigorous swim can burn up to 413 calories more per hour. The more you weigh, the more calories you burn during a fast swim session.


Running has been the most popular sport or exercise that is known to burn many calories. When you run fast (not jog), you can burn up to 800 calories per hour.

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