City of Roses
Reuters: February 1, 2007
"Dance Dance Revolution", in fact, IS great exercise for anyone, particularly if you play for a consistent period of time regularly at a standard level of game-play. In fact, a recent study by the West Virginia University School of Medicine found that, in a 24-week study of 50 overweight or obese children, aged 7 to 12, those who play the game about thirty minutes a day five days a week maintained weight levels, and another study actually found that playing the game for an average of 65 minutes per day both can lead to gradual weight loss and improve csrdiovascular health.
However, my appreciation of this game runs far deeper than that, as I have never been really overweight at any point in my life, and in fact am quite underweight now (124 pounds) but I have always struggled with underdeveloped motor skills my early life, and this game has truly been a prayer to me, which I believe heavily improves hand-eye coordination (and foot-eye coordination, LOL!) and also helps improve perception abilities; in deciphering rhythms and musical notations, thus being able to recognize the baselines in rhythms, etc.)
Obviously food intake is hard to monitor in these studies as well, so the accuracy of these studies can be debated, but I for one feel a great positive influence from this game and wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone here. In fact, if I ever decide to run for any public office, a main part of my campaign would be to implement a DDR health program into Oregon public schools, all public schools if I could! (giggles)
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