We all know how to lose weight - burn off more calories than you take in. The question then is how many calories can you burn off by playing tennis?
I went on-line and found several sources to tell me what the calorie burn is for tennis. I first checked out myfitnesspal.com, an on-line site that lets you easily keep track of your calories taken in and calories worked off. (This site also has an iPhone/iTouch app that is very easy to use.) Myfitnesspal gives these calorie counts for tennis:
- Tennis, General - 408 calories per hour
- Tennis, Doubles - 291 calories per hour
- Tennis, Singles - 466 calories per hour
- Tennis, General - 433 calories per hour
- Tennis, Doubles - 371 calories per hour
- Tennis, Singles - 495 calories per hour
- Tennis, General - 414 calories per hour
- Tennis, Doubles - 295 or 355 calories per hour (there were two different kinds of doubles)
- Tennis, Singles - 473 calories per hour
Now remember - it doesn't do any good to burn calories playing tennis if you're just packing them back in by mindlessly eating. To give an example, let's say you're at a match waiting to play. Let's say your league requires the home team to provide snacks and the usual junk is out there. So while you're waiting, you have a banana (90 calories), 10 peanut M&Ms (103 calories) and 3 mini Reese's peanut butter cups (132 calories). You've now taken in 325 calories without eating a real meal. You have to play a solid hour of doubles to burn those mindless snacks off. (Unfortunately, this is pretty representative of what I do while I'm standing around waiting to play.) Conclusion - play a lot of tennis and stay away from the M&Ms!
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