Which sport burns the most calories?
People often focus on burning calories, although this is not the most appropriate approach. Firstly: the number of calories you burn while practising a sport will depend on your weight (the more you weigh, the more you will burn). Lastly: the number of calories you burn will depend on how you practice the sport (the higher the intensity, the more you burn. As your technique improves, you become more efficient and burn less calories). These two factors make any average of calories burned approximate and, therefore, never personally adapted to you.
That said, estimated figures do exist which, all things considered, give an overview of those sports that, in general, burn more calories:
- Running: between 500 and 700 calories per hour, although with huge variations depending on your technique and on how used you are to covering long distances.
- Cycling: about 600 calories per hour.
- Swimming: approximately 700 calories per hour. This varies a lot depending on the stroke you use (butterfly burns the most while backstroke burns the least).
- CrossFit: about 500 calories per half hour session. Due to its high intensity, it is neither usual nor advisable to perform longer sessions.
- Football: 900 calories for each 90-minute game, although in this case the average is especially inaccurate since not all players make the same effort and there are periods during which play stops.
- Basketball: about 300 calories for every half hour of play.
- Tennis: approximately 400 calories per hour.