The Best Sports to Play to Lose Weight

the best sports to play for weight loss

Losing weight can be very difficult for many people, and it usually entails restricting your dietary choices as well as participating in boring activities, such as weight lifting and hard-to-follow aerobic routines. As a result, as people try to lose weight, they find it difficult to choose, and stick with, an effective routine that involves burning fat and replacing it with muscles that are toned and lean.

One thing you can do if you are trying to lose weight but hate going to the gym is participate in sporting activities. Sports burn fat quickly by increasing your heart rate and metabolism. They also build muscles efficiently because, in many sports, you are using almost every muscle of your body, from your legs all the way up to your arms and shoulders. The other great thing about sports is that they are fun. When you play with others and on teams, you have a goal in mind, and that is to win. You are not focused on the activity itself, nor on the fact that the sport is a workout and a weight loss routine. Rather, you are focused on having fun, pushing your body to do better than before because you want your team to be impressed with your skills and you want to win the game.

Here are a few sports that you can choose to participate in if you are looking to lose weight quickly and in a fun way.



If you are hoping to burn anywhere from 350 to 570 calories per hour, tennis may be the perfect sport for you. Find a friend with whom you can play and you will be well on your way to losing weight quickly. Plus, thanks to needing to sprint using your legs, pivot using your core, and strike the ball using your arms, you will have the added benefit of building up important muscles. Look at the bodies of famous tennis players and you will see that both male and female athletes of the sport have defined muscles and hardly any fat.


Basketball is a total body workout. You have to use your upper body to dribble, pass, and shoot the ball into the basket, all while running up and down the court to try to score points or steal the ball away from opponents. The jumping action needed to shoot the ball into the net also strengthens your lower body and the muscles of your hips and legs. Competitive basketball games will have you sweating from head to toe – perfect!


Whether you play ice hockey or street hockey on rollerblades or on foot, you are in for a workout. By playing hockey, you can burn up to 648 calories per hour, all while building up the muscles of your legs and your upper body, thanks to having to propel yourself on skates or run towards goals and opponents, as well as the need for using your arms and shoulders to aim and shoot the puck/ball into the net, in addition to stealing it from opponents.


What sport do you play that helps you lose weight?!

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