Playing Basketball not only is a lot of fun, but it’s a great workout. What’s great about playing basketball is you can play it year round and at virtually any age. We’ve all seen the interviews with basketball players after the game with the sweat pouring down their faces. It’s obviously a great workout. So how many calories do you burn playing basketball?
Like any physical activity it depends on your size, weight, age, gender, ability level and the level of intensity at which you play. For this example we will assume you are playing a pick-up game and not just shooting some baskets by yourself.
It’s said that professional basketball players can lose up to two pounds playing a game. That’s more than the average player, but you can burn between 350-1,500 calories per hour playing basketball at a moderate level of intensity in a competitive game.
Basketball provides a great workout that develops cardiovascular conditioning, explosiveness, reaction time, and agility. When playing basketball it is essential to be hydrated before, during, and after. It is also critical to warm up and cool down to avoid injury.
Playing basketball is one of the best workouts you can do. It’s such as great way to have fun and burn a ton of calories. Make sure you check with your health care provider if you unsure about playing at a high level.
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