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Calories Burned Playing Violin

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Daniel Barrows has been working as a freelance writer for businesses in the Southern California area for over two years. He has also published articles online for websites like and He has received a Bachelors of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley.
Calories Burned Playing Violin
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In order to lose a pound of weight per week, the American Council on Exercise recommends that you burn 250 calories per day while reducing the number of calories you consume by the same amount. Many common activities can help you to reach this goal, such as the act of playing the violin.

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The more energy you expend performing an activity, the more calories you will burn. The amount of time you spend playing the violin in a single sitting, as well as your current weight, are factors to consider.


A person who weighs 110 pounds will burn 38 calories over the course of playing the violin for 30 minutes. Increasing the weight of the individual to 150 pounds will result in 51 calories burned over the same amount of time.


It may prove helpful to put the caloric benefits of playing the violin in terms of comparable food items. Half of a white grapefruit is equivalent to 38 calories, while one stalk of raw broccoli is approximately 51 calories.

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