I just want to bang on the drum all day – and get healthy

by Thor on Dec. 16th, 2009
Healthy Stone: No wonder Charlie Watts is the healthiest looking Rolling Stone. Drumming a 90-minute rock set is the equivalent of running a 10K race.
Healthy Stone: No wonder Charlie Watts is the healthiest looking Rolling Stone. Drumming a 90-minute rock set is the equivalent of running a 10K race.Courtesy Anonymous
Who knew that Todd Rundgren was a closet aerobics instructor? I'm sure you've heard his big hit...the one with the chorus that goes "I don't want to work; I just want to bang on the drum all day." It turns out, that aggressive drumming – like the activity a rock drummer undertakes in a 90-minute performance – can be the aerobic equivalent of running a 10K road race. Clem Burke, the long-time drummer of the new wave band Blondie, has been doing a study on himself and the physical energy he puts out in a concert. Want to learn more? Here's a news story on the study and here's Burke's own website of information the energy output of a rock drummer. Of course, if you've got that laid-back drumming style of Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, your results will likely be a lot lower.

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