Calories Burned Playing Baseball | Calculator & Formula

LAST UPDATE: September 24th, 2020

The average person burns 350-500 calories per hour playing baseball. A person playing catch will burn 180-240 calories per hour.

The number of calories burned playing baseball will depend on your weight and the intensity of play.

How many calories are burned while playing baseball?

Formula

Calories burned per minute = (MET x body weight in Kg x 3.5) ÷ 200

“MET” is a measurement of the energy cost of physical activity for a period of time. You can find an activity’s MET on the chart above.

A task with a MET of 1 is roughly equal to a person’s energy expenditure from sitting still at room temperature not actively digesting food.

A task with a MET of 2 uses twice as much energy as a task with a MET of 1. A task with a MET of 10 uses 10 times as much energy as a task with a MET of 1.

MET values “do not estimate the energy cost of physical activity in individuals in ways that account for differences in body mass, adiposity, age, sex, efficiency of movement, geographic and environmental conditions in which the activities are performed. Thus, individual differences in energy expenditure for the same activity can be large and the true energy cost for an individual may or may not be close to the stated mean MET level as presented in the Compendium.” (as quoted from the main page of the Compendium of Physical Activities).

Example

A person weighs 180 pounds (81.65kg) and plays baseball (general) (a task that has a MET value of 5) for 1 hour (60 minutes).

Calories Burned from Baseball (per minute) = (5 x 81.65 x 3.5) ÷ 200 = 7.14
Calories Burned from Baseball (for 60 minutes) = 7.14 x 60 = 428

How can I burn more calories playing baseball?

The more activity, the higher the calorie burn.

To increase the rate that calories are burned playing baseball, increasing the intensity of play as well as the total time on the baseball field will all increase the rate that calories burn.