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Practicing to lose weight
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Another journey to the windmills of my mind.....Playing Violin for an hour burns 305 calories.........let that sink in a bit.

My breakfast of oatmeal and berries, steak fajitas and greek yogurt was 332 calories.

I know that this isnt the type of exercise that really works out the heart muscle, nor is it the sort that is like strength training. Its more the gardening or walking or folding laundry sort of exercise. But...it all adds up right? I mean you arent just sitting in front of the boob tube and sucking down cheese doodles right? You are burning calories, and the more vigorously or intently you practice the better it is.

I've subscribed to a calorie neutral diet in which I watch what I eat and try to exercise to equal what I've eaten calorically. I think this helps.

Just another reason to practice daily......2 weeks ago I weighed 11 pounds more than I do now.

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305 calories?but that means vigorous,constant playing,right?Very interesting...

well i do notice my fingers have become more slender and toned...lol,i'm really not kidding.

If only i could play away my belly rolls!

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Just what do you base the 305 calorie's on, 30 minutes, 60 min. or more.

I can understand you losing 11 pounds in two week's, Rob, a lot of it could be due to stress with your mom's health too. I hope she's well now.

Here are some fact's I dug up about it.

 

The more energy you expend performing an activity, the more caloriesicon1.png 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
 

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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.

 

Benefits

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 broccoliicon1.png is approximately 51 calories.

Of course, there are many more article's about this, but there's not enough space here to post them all.

 
 
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Teapot said
305 calories?but that means vigorous,constant playing,right?Very interesting...

well i do notice my fingers have become more slender and toned...lol,i'm really not kidding.

If only i could play away my belly rolls!

I dont think its constant vigorous playing. I think its just playing and moving, ya know using up energy. Vigorous playing certainly wouldnt hurt. I spend half an hour just on speed drills with variations on scales and that certainly becomes a workout.

I think 305 is avg, speculative, a guess by who ever put together the chart. Movement is good, Movement with a great soundtrack is even better.

 

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Fiddlestix said
Just what do you base the 305 calorie's on, 30 minutes, 60 min. or more.
-Its 60 min, from http://www.caloriecount.com website I use. Im sure its a rough estimate and isnt entirely accurate. then again....

I can understand you losing 11 pounds in two week's, Rob, a lot of it could be due to stress with your mom's health too. I hope she's well now.
-No stress about the momma, shes as well as she's gonna be. I've counting calories and exercising/moving to create a calorie deficit or neutrality thereabouts. The better diet and increase in movement is whats responsible for the weight loss.

Here are some fact's I dug up about it.

 

The more energy you expend performing an activity, the more caloriesicon1.png 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
-I agree
 

Effects

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.
Hmmm, Im 269lbs now......
 

Benefits

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 broccoliicon1.png is approximately 51 calories.

Of course, there are many more article's about this, but there's not enough space here to post them all.

thats cool, I wasnt trying to be definitive about it. Just reinforce the idea that playing the Violin is movement and movement burns calories in case anyone else is trying to lose weight and learn the Violin too. This could be motivating to practice, even if its a small amount of calories. Im also doing 30 min of bike riding for exercise and my big toe is almost all healed, I might try short distance run/walking too. When I hurt myself I was doing 70+ miles a week, no wonder huh?! So I figure shorter distance ie 1 mile, but higher intensity might be better. I need a heart rate monitor for sure. 
 

 

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and when your hands are busy, you're not mindlessly snacking.

 

I do know of people getting into things like beadweaving or knitting for the same sort of reasons.

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