advertisement
05 July 2012

Drumming builds up a healthy sweat

African drumming may soon emerge as an effective stress reliever and full body workout, according to researchers.

0

African drumming may soon emerge as an effective stress reliever and full body workout, according to researchers.

"The African drum is lifted off the floor and clasped between the knees so the legs, core muscles in the back, and pounding arms are exercised," Professor Carine Smith, associate professor at the Department of Physiological Sciences at Stellenbosch University, told News24.



Certified African drum percussionist, Bevil Spence, was used as a guinea pig for laboratory testing. He was also tested at his drumming circle in Somerset West.

How the research was done

Jeandre Viljoen, research assistant for the study, found that "in some stages of the drumming session his heart rate went up to more than 80% of its estimated maximum rate".

This is equivalent to a strenuous aerobics session during which lots of energy is spent.

Alternative

"African drumming presents itself as an alternative for people that do not like traditional forms of exercise," Smith said.

She added that the approach to drumming will determine the outcome. Drumming needs to be results-driven and performed at an adequate level of intensity.

Drumming for 45 minutes to an hour should be enough to build up a healthy sweat similar to what would be experienced during a normal aerobics session.

Previous studies have also found that the rhythmic sounds of the African drum have anti-stressing properties.

However, Smith's study is the first to look at the physical health benefits of African drumming.

It is set to be published in an internationally accredited local journal in the near future.

(Dane McDonald, News24, July 2012)

Read more:

Fitness zone

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X

More:

FitnessNews
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Dangerous winter sun »

Why female students ignore the risks of indoor tanning Can rooibos protect you from the effects of UVB exposure?

Skin cancer always a risk – even in winter

During winter, the risk of skin cancer doesn’t disappear. CyberDoc talks to us about when to see your doctor about a strange-looking mole or spot.

Did you know? »

The 5 saltiest foods may surprise you Craving salt? Your genes may be the reason

10 fascinating facts about salt

The one thing that fast foods, whether it be chips, hamburgers, pretzels or fried chicken have in common, is loads of salt.