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Wired Proposes: Gamer Gut Begone!

FitSugar is probably going to hate me for posting this cause she's a "get outside and go" kind of girl, but May's Wired Magazine features a fun little Game Gut Begone chart, which provides video game alternatives to more traditional workouts. While I'm not ready to turn in my gym card, the reminder that I am burning calories when I jump around playing video games is pleasing. One hour of DDR sounds like complete bliss.

Add some video games to your workout
Instead of.... Play...
1.5 hours of weight lifting (842 calories) 1 hour of Dance Dance Revolution (900 calories)
30 minutes of aerobics (242 calories) 30 minutes of wii boxing (250 calories)
20 minutes of jogging (198 calories) 1 hour of PS3/Xbox on the couch (204 calories)
15 minutes of sex (33 calories) 7 minutes of Wii Tennis (46 calories)

*Caloric expenditure is based on a 180-pound male. So clearly, caloric expenditure will vary.

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museanima museanima 10 years
Wait... the last one is the only one that I can't consider as an "alternative". They're not even close... and only 33 calories? Geez, i guess i've only been burning 10. :P
GeikoSera GeikoSera 10 years
Wow, the Wii boxing burns that much?
ttulip ttulip 10 years
Wow... now that you have quantified the disadvantage of the number of calories burned the ROI on a Wii is a lot more satisfying--Ooh YEAH BABY! (^_^)
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
A friend of mine lost 30 pounds playing Wii and DDR every day. Now he's got his parents doing it too.
Megami76 Megami76 10 years
DDR is a great cardio workout! I love doing that. I'll have to tell my husband that I can't have sex... the Wii burns more calories. That will go over well.
beamer1 beamer1 10 years
DDR is awesome--I played that in high school and over the course of a couple of months, I lost 10 pounds!!!
Nightwind Nightwind 10 years
Wii boxing really wears me out, and so does DDR...but Wii Tennis is pretty light on the exercise in my opinion, Im suprised it even burns up 46 calories.
catstarr catstarr 10 years
Hey, I'm sweating way more during sex than I am during wii boxing! ;) Wii sports and ddr seems to be great work outs. I love it.
jendudley jendudley 10 years
This is so cool. I can use this in my arguement to get a Wii!!!
Oread Oread 10 years
I don't care about the calories, I just can't believe they're suggesting you swap out sex in favour of Wii Tennis!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
I didn't know sex burned so few calories!
TheMissus TheMissus 10 years
15 minutes of sex burns only 33 calories? My husband has been LYING to me. Now I know better! I love that DDR burns 900 calroies an our. That's awesome! I should throw a DDR party a few times a week at work... Or gyms should start offering classes that are DDR-based.
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
oh yeah, I esp love how the Wii will tell you "Maybe you should take a break? You've been working pretty hard"
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
It's true- Wii boxing will really make you work up a sweat! I love it!
ktjones ktjones 10 years
I love the Wii...I wonder how many calories I burn playing Wii bowling? Probably not a lot but I am addicted!!
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