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Is Racquetball a Good Way to Lose Weight?

author image Joel DeVyldere
Joel DeVyldere has worked for various collegiate publications as a reporter, section editor and co-editor. As a writer, he has published works with LIVESTRONG, and The Corvallis Advocate. DeVyldere holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Oregon.
Is Racquetball a Good Way to Lose Weight?
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An effective weight loss strategy can boil down to simple lifestyle changes. A healthy diet that cuts out excess calories coupled with a regular aerobic exercise routine leaves fat reserves with nowhere to hide. As the National Library of Medicine neatly sums it up, if you use more calories during exercise than you consume, you will lose weight. Racquetball burns calories at a rate similar to those associated with other classic weight loss exercises.

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Racquetball as an Aerobic Activity

Racquetball can be classified moderate to vigorous aerobic activity. The National Institutes of Health recommends at least 2.5 hours of this kind of exercise each week for those aiming to lose weight. While playing, you rhythmically work large muscle groups for an extended period of time. This increases your heart rate, causing your body to burn more calories from its fat reserves.

Points of Comparison

For a person who weighs 185 pounds, a casual game of racquetball burns an estimated 311 calories every half hour. By contrast, 30 minutes of vigorous cycling by a person of the same weight would burn about 466 calories. Running at a 10-minute mile pace would burn 444 calories.

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