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Dance Your Way to Fitness

Updated on October 20, 2013

Why I chose Dance Central 3 as a Fitness Tool

Three years ago, I came down with a case of Bell's Palsy, which is partial paralysis of your face. Not only was I embarassed to go to the gym, my doctor ordered me to abstain from any form of strenuous exercise until I get better. After a little less than a year, I got the control of my facial muscles back and immediately went back to the gym. This wasn't the best idea as a couple months later, the Bell's Palsy was back. I knew that stress played a major role in my Bell's Palsy so controlling that was top priority. I also knew I had to take it easy. So instead of commuting to the gym every day, I decided I would stay home and start with some yoga as well as taking long walks around my neighborhood. It helped me save money on gym membership and gave me more time to do other things.

After a few months my health was improving but I knew that I needed to do more. One weekend, I was excited to go on a hike with a couple of friends and was surprised to find that I could barely make it to the top. It was embarrassing and shocking to myself how weak I had become. As I made my way back home, I passed by a random game center in downtown Tokyo where I saw a couple of young kids playing a dance game. I could see how it could be the perfect workout and I immediately wanted one in my house.

My Xbox and Dance Central 3

The next day I went into town and got myself the Xbox Game Console with Kinect as well as the Dance Central 3 game. After three grueling workouts, this is what I found out. Dance Central 3 is the perfect workout that I had been looking for. Each song is grouped into categories ranging from warm-up to intense levels letting you choose how hard you want to dance. I usually start off with a couple of songs from the warm-up and then continue to the more intense songs. After using Dance Central for almost a year, I can tell you that my stamina has significantly improved. Some of the songs are easy to master but the difficult ones are harder in skill as well as intensity. The best thing about this game is the fact that I don't feel like I'm working out. I find myself breathless and sweating like a cow, but I find myself wanting to go as long as I can. It's seriously that much fun! In short, Dance Central 3 totally rocks as well as being a serious workout! To date, I have mastered every song on the hardest level except for two but I know I'll get there soon!

Cool Extras in Dance Central 3

Dance Central 3 is the third installation of the Dance Central series and contains lots of touches that the previous versions didn't include. The biggest addition includes a Story Mode, which plays like a game. Your mission is to go back in time and master dance moves of different decades in order to beat the boss. (Remember "the hustle"?) Through mastering dance moves, you acquire the skills necessary to beat the final boss, Dr. Tan. At the end of the game, it's almost a guarantee that you'll be fitter than when you started. Dance Central 3 includes a total of 31 songs with additional songs that can be downloaded later on. Each song has three difficulty levels you can choose from letting you progress at your own pace.

The Verdict

I found a way to work out at home that is way more fun than working out with an exercise video. What's more important is that it has done what I hoped it would do. It has significantly improved my health and has made it easier to maintain my weight. Whether you're trying to get fit or just want to have fun, Dance Central 3 is a great game. You can even chose to have a blast playing with a friend or with a small group in Party Mode. The graphics are top-notch and the music is varied and sure to please a wide range of age groups.

Dance Central 2 - Xbox 360
Dance Central 2 - Xbox 360

Dance Central 2 is harder than the original but easier than version 3. If you're a dance fan, this is a must-have. Good intense workouts are also possible with this one.

 
Dance Central - Xbox 360
Dance Central - Xbox 360

This is the original game. If you consider yourself uncoordinated when it comes to dance, this one is for you. This game might be too easy for those who want a more intense game or workout.

 
Microsoft XBOX 360 E 4GB Console with Kinect Sensor
Microsoft XBOX 360 E 4GB Console with Kinect Sensor

You will need the game console as well as the kinect sensor to play the kinect games. There are many games to choose from for the kinect. The great thing about kinect games is that they are all hands-free!

 

Check out what what Dance Central 3 feels like with this run through of one of my favorite routines in Dance Central 3.

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Welcome to Dance Central 3You have to try and get a good score on each dance.Some of the Dance Central characters on screen.More screen shots of the game.It's quite a workout.The game takes a shapshot of you in your last pose. You have to option of sharing it with the world. This is me in my perfect pose. ;)As you can see in this pose, my energy is totally depleted after an hour of dancing.
Welcome to Dance Central 3
Welcome to Dance Central 3
You have to try and get a good score on each dance.
You have to try and get a good score on each dance.
Some of the Dance Central characters on screen.
Some of the Dance Central characters on screen.
More screen shots of the game.
More screen shots of the game.
It's quite a workout.
It's quite a workout.
The game takes a shapshot of you in your last pose. You have to option of sharing it with the world. This is me in my perfect pose. ;)
The game takes a shapshot of you in your last pose. You have to option of sharing it with the world. This is me in my perfect pose. ;)
As you can see in this pose, my energy is totally depleted after an hour of dancing.
As you can see in this pose, my energy is totally depleted after an hour of dancing.

Do you like dance games? Do you think they are good way to exercise? Let me know what you think.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: I know you do. hehe

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      VinnWong 3 years ago

      Hey I recommended this for one of my lenses too! I use this one for de-stressing! Haha

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @BrownEyedGirl69: Definitely do. If you're like me and like to dance, this is the best way to stay fit.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @minpinmojo76: Hahaha. Practice makes perfect!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @flatbro94: Thanks so much. I get lazy some days but Dance Central is so much fun I don't really feel like I'm working out.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @lesliesinclair: Yes I'm really hooked on this game and that's a very good thing!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sousababy: Believe me it is!

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      BrownEyedGirl69 3 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens. I used to go out dancing YEARS ago. It was great exercise. I may need to check this game out.

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      minpinmojo76 3 years ago

      Great lens. I think it is a great fun way to exercise, but for me its just a lot of flailing around, can't keep up hahaha.

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      flatbro94 3 years ago

      Very well done on your lens if I must say first. Congratulation's on finding a new way to improve your health. I have been really lazy about my exercise's lately. I have to go back and start running again. But all in all Congratulatios man :)

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      It truly looks like a fun exercise routine and the ability to update as time passes.

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      I haven't tried this but it sounds like an enjoyable way to get a good cardio workout.