Calories Burned Bowling | Calculator & Formula

LAST UPDATE: September 24th, 2020

The average person will burn 80-100 calories for each 20 minute game of bowling. The number of calories burned from bowling depends on your weight and the amount of time you bowl.


How many calories does bowling burn?


Calories burned per minute = (MET x Body Weight in KG x 3.5) ÷ 200

MET (Metabolic Equivalent Task) is a measurement of an activity’s energy cost.

A task with a MET of 1 is a person’s energy expenditure from sitting still at room temperature not actively digesting food. A MET of 2 is an activity that uses twice the energy as a MET of 1. A MET of 10 is an activity that uses 10 times the energy as a MET 1 task.

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 bowls at an indoor alley (a task that has a MET value of 3.9) for 1 hour (60 minutes).

Calories Burned from Bowling (per minute) = (3.9 x 81.65 x 3.5) ÷ 200 = 5.57

Calories Burned from Bowling (for 60 minutes) = 5.57 x 60 = 334

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