How many calories would you estimate are burned in tennis?

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by pmata814, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. jamauss

    jamauss Hall of Fame

    Jan 25, 2006

    I don't think there are many 19 years olds out there saying that losing weight is hard. Like you, at 19 I had a real high metabolism, I didn't ever think about what I ate, consumed tons of calories because I burned them all off with all kinds of activities. Then came a full-time job where I sat in a chair about 8 hours a day, then marriage, then kids...etc...pretty soon I was going an entire week without any real physical activity at all and all of a sudden...POOF...there goes some extra weight I'm carrying. Happens to a lot of people. It's much easier to gain weight than it is to lose it. I think most everyone would agree with that.
  2. 843

    843 New User

    Mar 1, 2008
    Funny, cause I sit in front of my comp for at least 8 hours a day, at least 12 hours on weekends and tennis is the only outdoor activity I engage in, other than college. My brother and sister are both younger than me, yet they outweigh me by 20lbs or so. Guess I'm just weird.
  3. VeeSe

    VeeSe Rookie

    Jul 11, 2012
    Age also has a lot to do with it. Regardless of whether or not you get married, have kids, etc, your metabolism will slow down when you get older. It's different for different people, so it could be awhile, but it will happen. Not saying that you will gain weight; just saying that it won't be like "nothing i do makes me gain weight" forever.
  4. movdqa

    movdqa G.O.A.T.

    Sep 19, 2006
    I run regularly and the rule of thumb is 100 calories per mile so 600-700 calories per hour depending on speed for me. Now running is an aerobic activity and you get into a groove and if you have enough water and are getting enough air, then your body should convert fat to sugars for fuel.

    Tennis is more of an interval-type activity and interval-type activities generally keep your metabolism elevated for some time after the actual activity so you'll get some additional calorie burn there. My personal feeling is that tennis is a lot more intense than running is and that you can burn more calories if you are really moving, hitting your serve well and are playing someone that really works you. If you're hitting casually or just practicing or taking long breaks or taking calories on breaks, then your net calorie loss is going to be lower.

    I don't focus on calories for tennis but I do focus on the input side and pay some attention to the output side, particularly for running where it's easier to measure. If you want to lose weight, start out with the MyPlate application at the livestrong site and track what you eat so that you can see what's coming in and then maybe make some decisions on intake. I find that it is a lot easier to control your calories to lose weight than it is to try to exercise it off.
  5. Harry_Wild

    Harry_Wild Hall of Fame

    Apr 5, 2007
    I lot of factors enter into calorie burning. For example:

    How tough is the match and how much get up and go do you devote to each and every point.

    Does your opponent make you run?

    But given that it is a 3.5 level; I would say that in singles you may burn 400 calories an hour and in doubles maybe 200.

    But as you get better in to the 4.5 and beyond; you opponent can really make you run full blast on almost every point from serve return until the point is concluded. You can burn up to 900 calories easily depend on the temperature - 90 degrees or higher you could easily do 1,200 if you play out of your mind and have an real tough aggressive hitter as an opponent that is doing the same.

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