And I've seen my daughter doing DDR on the highest level and I would definitely call it vigorous
And she's in excellent shape. She chooses the fastest songs too.
basically you just have to raise your hand(s) fast enough to hit the "hand icon" (instead of an arrow)
the i-toy has a camera in it that can see if you raise your hands or not...
but having a game watch me.... that kinda creeps me out ::giggle::
Keep up the good work and sounds like you're having fun with your workout which really helps!
Until I blew out my knee two years ago, I was an avid DDR player as well. On expert, I would tend to pick up a pair of 1-2 pound hand weights and 'try' to do biscep crunches when not focusing on passing the songs!! :D
I have heard numerous comparisons to the DDR calorie count. What the ingame count is designed to do is treat your activity like you are 'walking' through it. i.e. taking steps, which makes the calorie readout highly inaccurate once you get up to the hard or expert levels. Who walks at 300+ steps a minute? It does not take heart rate into account. I'll go fish out my links for you for information sake and post this evening.
Let me first say that I love my DDR workouts. I have trouble motivating myself to run or bike, and it's a fun and rewarding way to workout that occasionally becomes really advantageous at parties, when you can school anything on two legs. (curse those magical, DDR-playing antelope!)
More seriously, I would also say that "expert" mode is classified as aerobic-vigorous, but only if in workout mode. The problem with free mode (and other modes) is that there is too much downtime. When I use my heart-rate monitor, those few seconds between songs seem to lower my heart rate well below my target HR, and then it takes a generous portion of the next song to get it back up again.
Samianne had a good point in that you can do some workouts in between songs, when you're waiting for it to load, etc. For example, you can do some jumping jacks, you can lift barbells (esp. to get some upper body workout in), or you can do what I do, which is free style dance to the music lol. Whatever to keep your heart rate up between songs. And during the song, though, you can "jump-start" your HR by jumping on every single arrow as if it were a double arrow or even dance a little excessively until the song starts picking up, since a lot start out pretty sparse.
The best way to know how many calories you're burning, IMO, is a heart-rate monitor. It's a great investment if you're really wanting to know how many calories you burn on a day-to-day basis, but if you can't afford one, I suggest borrowing one from a friend for a few days, (you'd be surprised how many people have these) do a few "workout mode"s, then use that to estimate how much you'd burn in general.
Holy blast from the past Batman! September 2007 I love DDR as extra cardio, too!! I know the calorie burn on the workout mode probably isn't the most accurate, but according to it I usually burn about 300 cal in 25 min when I'm playing on Standard/Heavy and throwing in extra steps and doubles whenever possible. One of these days I'd like to get my hands on a heart rate monitor, but until then, I'll just give it my all and know I'm sweating off the pounds while having fun!
I think aerobics sounds like a safe bet. ;) Its a great workout. When i was losing my weight, I was playing ddr just about everyday and it really helped. I lost the last 30 pounds to my goal during my ddr phase. I wish I could still pull it out but my dorm room just doesn't have the space for any such thing.
I play DDR for about 30 minutes 4 times a week on expert like you, and roughly every time it says I burn around 550-600 calories! My heart rate gets up to 170 and I sweat tons...
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