Navigation Links
Can a Video Game Make Your Kids More Fit?
Date:2/7/2008

Exclusive American Council on Exercise (ACE) Research Proves Dance Dance

Revolution (DDR) Can Be a Tremendous Workout

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on the growing popularity of video games that eliminate conventional hand controllers in favor of more full-body interaction, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) put Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) to the test.

The ACE commissioned research out of the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, focused on quantifying DDR's potential physical benefits. Looking at the caloric expenditure data of 24 volunteers, researchers determined that it is comparable to many other aerobic activities and could result in significant weight loss if used regularly.

Led by John Porcari, Ph.D., FACSM and Anna Norlin, M.S., male and female subjects, ages 12 - 25 years old were recruited for the study. Half the volunteers were under the age of 18 and enlisted from the local La Crosse Boys & Girls Club.

Based on the physiological responses to three levels of DDR, all subjects showed a marked increase in exercise intensity as they participated. Adult participants burned more calories, which can be attributed to differences in body weight since the adults averaged about 25 pounds heavier than teenage subjects. On average, teens burned 5.9 kcal/min on light mode, 6.7 kcal/min on standard mode and 8.1 kcal/min of difficult mode.

All study participants, regardless of their experience with DDR, were required to practice a pre-determined four song dance sequence for up to six hour-long practice sessions or until they could demonstrate proficiency. Testing included continuously monitoring all participants of their oxygen uptake, heart rate and ratings of perceived exertion.

Researchers used a home-based version of the game called DDR Extreme 2 ($35; musicineverydirection.com) for Sony PlayStation 2 ($150; playstions.com) with a $40 dance pad.

For a detailed summary of the study as seen in the Sept. /Oct. 2007 ACE Fitness Matters visit http://www.acefitness.org/cp/pdfs/FitnessMatters/Sept07.pdf.

About ACE

The American Council on Exercise (ACE), your premier certification, education and training organization, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of physical activity and protecting consumers against unsafe and ineffective fitness products and instruction. ACE sponsors university-based exercise science research and is one of the world's largest nonprofit fitness certifying organizations. For more information on ACE and its programs, call (800) 825-3636 or log onto the ACE Web site at http://www.acefitness.org


'/>"/>
SOURCE The American Council on Exercise
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Video games activate reward regions of brain in men more than women, Stanford study finds
2. Verathon Inc., maker of GlideScope(R) Video Laryngoscopes, Introduces Free Grant Writing Kit for EMS Professionals
3. VIDEO from Medialink and Siemens: Doctors Trade in their Stethoscopes for Microphones
4. Video: New Survey Shows Young Women Turn to Traditional Values in Life, Relationships and Health
5. MultiVu Video Feed: WELCHOL (R) (COLESEVELAM HCL) RECEIVES FDA APPROVAL FOR GLUCOSE CONTROL IN ADULTS WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES MELITUS
6. VIDEO from Medialink and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Saving Lives One Mile at a Time
7. VIDEO from Medialink and Stryker: New Alternative to Hip Replacement Surgery
8. InfoLogix Featured in FOX Business News Interview on Reducing Healthcare Medication Errors - Video Available Online
9. VIDEO from Medialink and Revolution Health: RevolutionHealth.com Launches Resolutions 2.0
10. VIDEO from Medialink and GlaxoSmithKline: Really Think You Can Lose 30 Pounds in 30 Days?
11. Brown researchers create first-ever HIV rapid test video
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may ... to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To ... for healthy coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone to extreme mood shifts and ... him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If there was a knife on ... say he was going to kill them. If we were driving on the freeway, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. announced that 20 Florida attorneys are ... for this recognition are considered among the top 2 percent of lawyers practicing within ... of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame: Miami Shareholders Mark D. Bloom, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San Diego, CA ... the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from their cancer ... ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to and from ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... People across the U.S. are ... Code Talker Award, an essay contest in which patients and their families pay tribute ... presented at the 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 The vast majority ... outpatient dialysis facility.  Treatments are usually 3 times a ... per visit, including travel time, equipment preparation and wait ... but especially grueling for patients who are elderly and ... skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers for some duration of ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Tenn. , June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... automating, integrating and transforming the patient payment ... of several innovative new products and services ... of its revenue cycle offerings. These award-winning ... more efficient workflows, remain compliant in an ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016  The National Pharmaceutical Council ... the health policy research organization as its newest ... MD, senior vice president and chief scientific officer, ... on the NPC Board of Directors. ... Mallinckrodt has joined us in support of our ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: