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Dance Dance Metabolism

I think this has been blogged about before, but there’s a big trend afoot amongst geeks to use the game Dance Dance Revolution — where you bounce around on a dance pad — as a form of exercise. Now there’s even a web site devoted to people using it thusly, called Get Up Move. Check out the testimonial from Matt Keene, a 6’5” guy who shed enormous amounts of poundage:

I lost about 140-150lbs with the help of DDR and a weight bench. But before I found DDR I tried walking and a weight bench and I only lost 20lbs, then after DDR it melted off in under a year. So the main factor of my weight loss is the intensive cardio workout that is DDR. I played about 4-5 times a week with about… 18 songs a day. I now play like everyday.

I don’t exercise, other than walking a lot in my everyday life. And one reason the gym holds no allure for me is that it’s deadly boring. Sports — since they’re games — would be a terrific motivating force for me, but it’s hard to participate in team sports in Manhattan becuase green space is at a premium. So the idea of having a physical, game sport that can be played in your living room is insanely brilliant.

(Thanks to Slashdot for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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