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Table 3 Energy expenditure (METs) depending on the different musical instruments played, according to different authors.

From: Heart rate in professional musicians

Instrument McArdle Ainsworth Fletcher
Accordion 2.1 1.8 1.8
Drums 4.3 4  
Cello 2.7 2 2.3
Flute 2.3 2 2
Horn 1.9 2 1.7
Piano 2.6 2.5 2.3
Trumpet (standing) 2 2.5 1.8
Violin 2.9 2.5 2.6
Woodwinds 2.1 2 1.8
Writing, sitting 1.9 1.8 1.7
Walking (3.5 km/h) 2.7 2 2.5