Dance Dance Revolution... =]

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    Mar 01, 2008 10:56 PM GMT
    icon_question.gifWell as it says on the workouts here "30 minutes of running or jogging" ect. What if you do 30 minutes of DDR? Its like dancing...except non stop so maybe it would be better? Running is boring as hell and its freezing out. Just curious what you guys think. After all it is a video game...but you never know. icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 02, 2008 1:43 AM GMT
    It makes me break a sweat, must be good icon_wink.gif
  • atxclimber

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    Mar 02, 2008 1:46 AM GMT
    Be careful with DDR. There's a lot of stomping involved, and if you just come crashing down on your feet, the joint impact is much worse than walking or even sprinting.

    I damaged my knees pretty badly playing DDR several years ago; I'd cleared all the 9-foot songs and was working on the 10-foot ones, and noticed my knees were starting to just spontaneously bruise, bleeding internally, even when I was just walking around during the day. It's taken me years of yoga and physical therapy to understand how to take care of my knees so they don't act up, now, and I actually think DDR caused a lot of cartilage loss and probably ligament strain.

    Oops!

    When I told my orthopedic surgeon what had caused my injury, years ago, he said to me, "Oh, DDR. I hear that game is pretty popular... with teenage Japanese girls."

    And then he couldn't stop laughing.

    Jerk.
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    Mar 02, 2008 3:46 AM GMT
    I would imagine 30 to 60 minutes of dancing would be a decent cardio alternative, but I wouldn't recommend DDR either. A good dance workout should engage the entire body and a range of motions.
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    Mar 02, 2008 5:03 AM GMT
    thanks for the replys guys. and for the doctor that was laughing at you I'm guessing he was fat? icon_confused.gif
  • atxclimber

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    Mar 02, 2008 5:07 AM GMT
    Sadly, no. He's the very model of health, and works with the UT football team as well as having signed cycling jerseys from US Postal team members on his wall. So he was pretty unassailable in his expertise. I still wanted to clock him, though.

    I think DDR's an insanely effective cardio workout, though, if you're careful with your knees. It's totally full body, with the rotation and whatnot you're doing core work and using your arms, and moving your legs a lot. Gets your pulse WAY up, REALLY fast. I would play at night and then be unable to fall asleep for hours.
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    Mar 02, 2008 5:08 AM GMT
    Most of my friends my freshman year of college got the freshman 15+. Then they discovered DDR. They went from pudgy creatures with bodies like Hostess snacks to trim, sexy people with thighs you could bounce a quarter off of.

    Just don't keep your downstairs neighbors up with it.
  • darkeyedresol...

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    Mar 02, 2008 5:09 AM GMT
    I would contribute a lot of my weight loss, or at least some of my slimming done, to DDR. I know I would play it straight for an hour or two on end at home, and would always wind up sweating and heart rate up. I would throw it on exercise mode and just let it go, you will lose something after awhile.

    I used to do it for fun but now its impossibly to play, the mahcine is always swamped with emo, goth kids who never move their arms...its a very odd thing to watch. It was a lot more fun when people at the mall would stare at you then move muttering something...

    Good old days
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    Mar 02, 2008 5:15 AM GMT
    The home edition is still better than the arcade version. Always practice before you do it in public. No bet is worth the embarrassment. Running is still a better cardio workout, personally.
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    Mar 02, 2008 5:22 AM GMT
    Oh yeah, this is a great game to have at family get togethers, along with Guitar Hero! My neice, nephew and brothers always have lots of fun with these interactive games. I personally wouldn't concider it my workout, but it could pass for a sport if done right. A couple anke weights and hand weights and you may have an exercize routine. But don't forget that your body can benefit more from doing a variety of kinds of workouts, so even if you find this to be good workout; it may only be half of your total routine, if you're to get certain desireable results.
  • GQjock

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    Mar 02, 2008 11:57 AM GMT
    Dance is a Great way to exercise
    It makes you forget that you are actually exercising at all
    I did it for years dancing hours away at clubs
    I used to teach aerobics in gyms (that's how old I am)
    and I have tried DDR
    it's OK but because it tells you where to place your feet
    it seems a bit stilted to me
    dance has a freedom to it
    DDR is just a really fast paced game of twister
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    Mar 07, 2008 6:04 PM GMT
    As long as you kick it into an endless mode... lol. Some of those faster songs leave me dripping with sweat after a few rounds.