Calories Burned Playing Basketball | Calculator & Formula

LAST UPDATE: September 24th, 2020

The average person burns 575-775 calories per hour in a game of basketball. If they are shooting baskets, they will burn 325-450 calories per hour.


How many calories are burned while playing basketball?


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).


A person weighs 180 pounds (81.65kg) and plays shoots baskets (a task that has a MET value of 4.5) for 1 hour (60 minutes).

Calories Burned from Basketball (per minute) = (4.5 x 81.65 x 3.5) ÷ 200 = 6.43
Calories Burned from Basketball (for 60 minutes) = 6.43 x 60 = 386

How can I burn more calories playing basketball?

The higher the rate of activity, the more calories burned.

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

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