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Playing Instruments as Exercise

Posted on | September 20, 2008 | No Comments

2210080038_0fd708ecd2.jpgI used to bike to work every day as part of my daily exercise, but after the accident this is on hold until possibly next string. So I’m trying to get to the company gym 3-4 times a week.

Meanwhile, today I hooked up my Yamaha DD-65 electronic drum kit to Logic to record drum tracks. After 2+ hours of drumming I was quite sweaty. So this is now one of my new exercises — playing drums in the studio.

It’s also true that if you stand and play on stage for a long time it is also a form of exercise, standing up burns more calories than sitting. In addition, if you carry equipment around — and avoid of course hurting your back by using a cart to move around amps — then you burn calories.

The thing to remember is to drink a lot of water as you get very dehydrated on stage. Still, if you want to lose weight or otherwise keep you in shape, it does not hurt to stand in a studio or on stage and play, or do a long set of drumming. Now, doctors would say that you still need to elevate your heart rate so you need to go to the gym, too… Or bike, or something similar. Another of my favorite exercises is to go out in national parks in California — the high elevations, the better.


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