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The Best Active Sports to Lose Weight

by
author image Brian Willett
Brian Willett began writing in 2005. He has been published in the "Buffalo News," the "Daytona Times" and "Natural Muscle Magazine." Willett also writes for Bloginity.com and Bodybuilding.com. He is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer and earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina.
The Best Active Sports to Lose Weight
Playing sports can help you lose weight. Photo Credit: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Participating in sports can help you learn the value of teamwork, make friends, beat stress and have fun. In addition, engaging in many sports can help you lose weight because you can burn many calories in just a short time.

Basketball

Basketball is a fast-paced, intense activity.
Basketball is a fast-paced, intense activity. Photo Credit: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Basketball combines a variety of fast-paced movements. In basketball, you need to run, jump and reverse directions, all at top speed. An hour of basketball can burn nearly 700 calories, according to NutriStrategy.

Ice Hockey

Ice hockey is a physically demanding sport.
Ice hockey is a physically demanding sport. Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Ice hockey is another fast-paced sport that requires a lot of energy. You need to use your lower body to propel you forward and backward on your skates, and you need to use your upper body to shoot, pass and check opponents. Ice hockey burns 710 calories per hour for a 185-pound person, according to Harvard Health Publications.

Tennis

Tennis is a leading outdoor activity for calorie-burning.
Tennis is a leading outdoor activity for calorie-burning. Photo Credit: Wendy Hope/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Tennis combines many intense actions: running, striking the ball and changing direction to return shots from opponents. Like hockey, tennis demands a lot from your muscles and your cardiovascular system. According to Harvard Health Publications, tennis can burn 320 calories per hour for a 155-pound person.

Swimming

Swimming works the entire body.
Swimming works the entire body. Photo Credit: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Swimming challenges your entire body, working the muscles of your upper and lower extremities. Swimming also provides an effective aerobic workout. Swimming is easy on your joints because of the lack of impact with the ground. According to NutriStrategy, the butterfly stroke burns the most calories--up to 949 an hour. Breaststroke and freestyle can burn up to 863 calories an hour.

Running

Running is an intense calorie-burning activity.
Running is an intense calorie-burning activity. Photo Credit: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Running is an effective calorie-burning activity and is one that requires no special equipment. Running can be harder on your joints than swimming, but it can burn many more calories, according to NutriStrategy. The pace of your run determines the number of calories burned. Running at a 6-minute mile pace burns nearly 1,400 calories an hour, while running at an 8-minute mile pace burns 1,165 calories per hour.

Lacrosse

Lacrosse engages both upper and lower body muscles.
Lacrosse engages both upper and lower body muscles. Photo Credit: Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images

Lacrosse is a fast-paced team sport that requires players to run, shoot, pass and check opponents, so it engages your upper and lower body muscles. The sport also has cardiovascular benefits. Lacrosse can help you lose weight because an hour of playing the sport burns 690 calories, according to NutriStrategy.

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