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Softball is not a good activity for losing weight rapidly, but the sport can help you lose a significant amount of weight if you play for several years. Softball is a particularly good activity for people who can't motivate themselves to exercise alone and are not in optimum physical condition. The enjoyable nature of softball has spurred people all over the U.S. to participate in recreational softball leagues and join teams organized by colleagues at work. You can play softball for decades with and against people of all ages.
You will lose weight faster if you exercise intensely. Your heart rate reflects your exercise intensity. You're exercising strenuously if your heart rate is 70 to 89 percent of your maximum heart, which is 220 heartbeats per minute minus your age. Aerobic, or continuous, activities such as running and swimming burn the most calories and were identified as strenuous or very strenuous activities by вЂњThe Journal of the American Medical Association.вЂќ Anaerobic, or stop-and-start, exercises such as softball require far fewer heartbeats. Baseball, which burns the same amount of calories as softball according to many calorie-burning charts, is a вЂњlight activity,вЂќ according to JAMA. Light activities require your heart rate to be 35 to 54 percent of your maximum heart rate, according to the American College of Sports Medicine.
You lose 1 pound when you burn 3,500 calories. Fast-pitch softball and slow-pitch softball, as well as baseball, burn an average of 295 calories per hour in 130-pound people, 352 calories per hour in 155-pound people, and 431 calories per hour in 190-pound people, according to a list researched and compiled by Wisconsin's Department of Health and Family Services. If you play two softball games, each lasting two hours, per week, you will lose 1 pound in three weeks if you weigh 130 pounds, 2 1/2 weeks if you weigh 155 pounds, and two weeks if you weigh 190 pounds.
Playing softball three months per year can help you lose a lot of weight if you play for many years. A 155-pound person playing softball four hours per week can lose about 5 pounds during a summer's 13 weeks and about 105 pounds playing softball over 20 summers, while a 190-pound person can lose about 6 1/2 pounds in one summer and 128 pounds playing softball for 20 years. Losing weight more rapidly is easier if you live in a city that has spring or fall softball leagues. Losing a lot of weight exercising won't result in a loss of a lot of weight if you eat excessively.
The calorie-burning figures for softball players are based on average activity levels, but active players lose more weight. Pitchers and catchers burn more calories than outfielders, because they're active on every pitch while playing defense. Baseball pitchers burn about 70 to 100 calories per hour more than infielders and outfielders, according to вЂњExercise Exercise Exercise,вЂќ a Federal Aviation Administration report. That equates to up to 1 1/2 pounds per summer if you play softball four hours per week. Softball pitchers who exert as much effort as baseball pitchers can expect about the same benefits. Fast-pitch softball pitchers can lose more weight than slow-pitch pitchers if they exert more effort.