Doubles tennis burns calories while you spend time with friends.
Doubles tennis is an enjoyable way to pass the afternoon with friends, but it's also more than just a social activity. Doubles tennis is a great way to keep fit. In a two-hour session, you can expect to burn a significant number of calories. Exactly how many you burn will vary based on your weight and how hard you play.
The Average Person
According to a 2012 publication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average American man weighs 195.5 pounds. In two hours of doubles tennis, the average man will burn 712 calories. Typically, women are smaller than men with the average American woman weighing 166.2 pounds according to the CDC. This means that the average woman will burn just 604 calories playing doubles tennis for the same length of time.
Lighter individuals burn fewer calories and heavier individuals burn more calories when playing doubles tennis. For example, a 120-pound person will burn 436 additional calories playing tennis for two hours. A 140-pound person can expect to burn 508 calories in the same period, however. And a 160-pound person will burn 580 net calories in the same session. A 190-pound person will burn 692 excess calories playing doubles tennis for two hours. A 230-pound person will increase his calorie burn to 836 calories in two hours of tennis. In two hours, a 270-pound doubles tennis player will burn off an extra 980 calories.
Doubles tennis has a metabolic equivalent task value of 5.0 -- meaning you burn five times as many calories playing doubles tennis as you do at rest. To calculate your calorie burn based on the MET value, multiply your weight in kilograms by the MET value of five and the number of hours that you play for, in this case two hours. You can convert your weight from pounds to kilograms by dividing by 2.2. For instance, if you weigh 158 pounds -- or 72 kilograms -- you would multiply 72 by 5 and again by 2 for a total two-hour calorie burn of 720.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doubles tennis is a form of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise. The CDC recommends getting at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity exercise per week. If you already have a two-hour session under your belt for the week, try to squeeze in another 30 minutes. For example, the average man who burns 712 calories from two hours of doubles tennis could increase his calorie burn to 890 in two and a half hours. Alternatively, you can add another moderate-intensity exercise like brisk walking. For instance, the average 166.2-pound woman will burn 106 calories in 30 minutes of brisk walking. This would add to the 604 calories she burned from tennis for a total of 710 calories burned. A single minute of vigorous-intensity exercise like running or playing singles tennis is equal to two minutes of moderate-intensity exercise.
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