Calories Burned While Playing Drums

Man playing drums while wearing headphones
Drumming is a challenging workout that can burn hundreds of calories. (Image: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Playing drums in a band is a way to showcase your musical skill, meet new people and occasionally travel. But as drummers keep the beat behind their kit, they're also burning calories at an elevated rate. While few people might take up drumming to lose weight, playing this instrument can burn enough calories to keep you in shape.

Pound Away the Calories

The constant movement of your upper and lower body that is required to play the drums results in a steady burn of calories during the activity. According to data from CalorieLab, a person who weighs 185 pounds will burn about 252 calories during an hourlong drumming session.

A Quick Beat and Heart Rate

If you've been impressed with the workout you experience while drumming, you're not alone. A study from Chichester University, and quoted in a 2008 article by the BBC, noted drummers can elevate their heart rate up to 190 beats per minute, which is comparable to the top heart rate that many elite athletes experience while playing their sport. The study revealed that drummers must have top-level endurance to perform.

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