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Exercize Your Body & Spirit

Forget the Tummy Trimmer: Play your Violin for a Complete Experience. Learn how many calories playing the violin burns and become motivated to take up the fiddle.

by Rhiannon Nachbaur of Award-Winning Fiddleheads Violin Studio

Treadmill. Rowing-machine. Thigh-Master. So many of us hope to keep in shape with home exercize equipment, but quickly lose interest and focus. I have best intentions in maintaining my daily dose of sit-ups with my goofy exercise gadget, but, alas, the “tummy trimmer” sits gathering dust in my closet.

Enter the violin. Recognized by its ornately feminine shape and sweet tone, the violin is the world’s most perfect
instrument. Fiddling has been a favourite past-time and passion for thousands of musicians for over 300 years. It
brings joy and delight to all and is often depicted being played by a beautiful angel.

As described in the film “The Red Violin,” the violin is “a perfect marriage of science and art.” Known as the
“intellectualist’s instrument,” many of the great minds of our time have taken up the fiddling, such as Einstein, Sherlock Holmes and yours truly. Kidding aside, playing violin can greatly enhance concentration, coordination, and mental focus and is wonderfully soothing to listen to. In fact, violin is the instrument of choice among music therapists.

As well as being rewarding for your mind and spirit, recent studies show that it is also physically beneficial.

So, you ask skeptically, how many calories do you burn playing the violin? One hour of violin playing can burn 177 and 216 calories. Really!

The number of calories burned during 1 hour of playing violin is comparable to 1 hour of walking, horseback riding, housecleaning, American bowling (with the big, heavy balls) or surfing. A big pro here is that one cannot DIE from playing violin, whereas the other activities mentioned can lead to certain injury or death, house cleaning included.

Sure a good fiddle will set you back over $1200, but unlike the Solarplex machine, it will appreciate in value and is a much more attractive addition to your home.

Of coarse the exact number of calories burned depends on the shape of the player and how much she’s getting into the music! You could say a scale would burn far less calories than “Devil’s Dream” or a Bach Partita at 160 BPM. Bulid up a sweat and surely you're burning more fat off and building strong bow arm muscles!

Unlike exercises where the participant is merely strengthening muscles, playing violin is a complete exercise for mind, body, and spirit. “It differs from exercise for the sake of health or stress relief,” says Harry L. Mills, PhD.D. In his book, “Physical Actualization,” Dr. Mills focuses on the experience of physical activity.

Mills says “playing requires tremendous physical skills. Somewhere behind the physical actualization is a drive toward self-expression through disciplining the body. The actualization process involves the whole person, making it a total experience.”

This fresh new look on exercise is apparent in health journals everywhere. “Playing a musical instrument” (violin and cello in particular) is recommendation #15 in the Diabetes Self-Management’s “100 Tips for a Healthier Life.“
Once more people discover this little exercize secret and turn to the violin, we flabby fiddle teachers will be in the best shape (other than round) ever!

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Comments for Exercize Your Body & Spirit

Just wanted to say thanks for the Exercise-Your-Body-and-Spirit-Through-Fiddling article. Made me smile and while the rest of my shape is spherical my arms and shoulders and neck have little fat. As for my spirit I get along with it much better when I take time to play. Be Well R.

- "usuallypickin" in cyberspace

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