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# How Many Calories Does Playing the Clarinet Burn?

by
Shannon Marks
Shannon Marks started her journalism career in 1994. She was a reporter at the "Beachcomber" in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and contributed to "Philadelphia Weekly." Marks also served as a research editor, reporter and contributing writer at lifestyle, travel and entertainment magazines in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from Temple University.
Three people playing the clarinet in an orchestra band. Photo Credit Darko Cvetkovic/iStock/Getty Images

The amount of calories burned while playing clarinet is calculated based on your weight and the amount of time you play. Once considered a sedentary activity, playing the clarinet is now known to be a moderate to heavy cardiac workout, based on a 2008 study led by Claudia Iñesta.

## Formula

You can estimate the total number of calories you burn while playing the clarinet with this formula: (METs x 3.5 x weight in kg) ÷ 200) x duration in minutes. Calculate your weight in kilograms by dividing your weight in pounds by 2.2. You weigh 54.5 kg if your weight in pounds is 120.

## METs Values

The American Heart Association explains that METs, or metabolic equivalents, is a number that represents your resting metabolic rate compared with your metabolic rate while performing a specific task. Dr. Bill Haskell developed a comprehensive list of activities with their METs values, which range from 1.5 to 20.

## Calories Burned

Playing a wind instrument while seated has a METs value of 2.0 to 2.5. During a 45-minute musical recital, a 120-lb. person can burn an estimated 106 calories while playing the clarinet. With a METs value of a 4.0, playing the clarinet in a marching band for 20 minutes can burn 76 calories for a 120-lb. person.

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