Lately I have been obsess with playing DDR – Hottest Party for the Wii, to the point were I am neglecting my normal workout routine. For the last three weeks, I played that game at every free moment in hopes of passing another level.
Generally, I am not a big fan of cardio. I prefer weight lifting or pilates. I only enjoy cardio that involves lots of movement like step aerobics or kickboxing. My husband gets more use out of our elliptical machine than I do. For a goal oriented person like me, this game is a great way to enjoy my cardio. I am focused on the step patterns and completing the song with the highest possible score. I can spend almost 2 hours playing this game before I realize that I am exhausted. Being able to be in the zone like when it comes to any physical activity is wonderful.
There are stories abound all over the internet of people who had lost double digits from playing DDR for PS2, especially if they were sedentary before. There is even a DDRFit club if you want support from other DDR fans trying to lose weight.
The game itself is very similar to previous ones, but incorporates the Wii remote and nunchuck for hand movements. If you played Dancing with the Stars for the Wii, then you know what kind of hand movements I am talking about. With the hand movements, the feet movements, and the step obstructions thrown in, you need to focus in order to pass the levels. But the good thing is that you can turn off all these extra features and just play the feet movement. I confess — that is what I have been doing for the last three weeks. With two left feet, I am lucky that I have not fallen over yet. I cannot even keep up with the step patterns for the basic mode with just my feet. There is no way I can unlock songs and stages with all the extra features turned on.
You can find a more thorough analysis of the game from the links in Wikipedia for DDR-The Hottest Party.
At the end of the day, DDR – Hottest Party for the Wii is just a game. It is no substitute for a good exercise routine consisting of strength training, cardio, and flexibility. However, it is fun and I can see it motivating sedentary people into doing more physical activity. Any physical activity is better than no physical activity, but whether or not you attain your goals is another story.
Until next time and thanks for stopping by Small Steps to Health.
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