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How Many Calories Are Burned From Throwing a Ball?

By Daniel Rhodes ; Updated July 18, 2017

Throwing a ball is a key skill in a variety of sports, including baseball, softball and handball. The act of throwing a ball is also an effective method to burn calories if you want to lose weight.

Playing Catch

The calories you burn throwing a baseball or football depend on time spent on the activity and starting weight. If you weigh 155 pounds, you burn 176 calories an hour. If you weigh 180 pounds, you burn 204 calories in 60 minutes of throwing a ball, according to NutriStrategy.

Pitching in Softball

If you weigh 155 pounds and play the pitcher position in softball, you burn 422 calories an hour, according to NutriStrategy. If you weigh 185 pounds, you burn 490 calories in an hour.

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Playing Handball

In handball, a high-intensity sport where you use your arm in a throwing motion while hitting the ball with your hand, you burn 892 calories per hour if you weigh 155 pounds. If you weigh 185 pounds, you burn 1,066 calories an hour.

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