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January 11, 2013 12:05 PM
i have worked up a sweat playing this game so i dont doubt it at all. hmmm, maybe i should steal my wii back from my mom.
January 11, 2013 12:07 PM
I do it everyday for fun and to supplement my other workout. I totally got 5 stars on Call Me Maybe. Don't judge me. :-)
Edited by akaMrsmojo On January 11, 2013 12:07 PM
January 11, 2013 12:09 PM
I got Just Dance 4 for Christmas and I LOVE it!!! It's a two in one dvd and you can play Just Sweat 4, which is the workout segments. In a 50 minute session I burn 600 plus calories!! This is all I have been wanting to do lately because it doesn't feel like I'm working out and I find this better for me!
January 11, 2013 12:10 PM
So many of us have been wired to think that good exercise equates to pain and non-enjoyment, that we find it hard to believe that we can have so much fun and burn so many calories at the same time. I remember the 1st time I did a full class at 55mins and burned 590 cals. I was sweating buckets but still couldn't believe my eyes when I saw my hrm reading.......Until the pounds starting falling off again.
Just to echo everyone else, I'd say definitely trust your HRM. On my Zumba Fitness Core I burn over 600cals easily in an hour based on my hrm calculations. Zumba Fitness Core was such a godsend after Xmas. Phew!
January 11, 2013 12:13 PM
I sometimes do the Just Sweat portion of Just Dance and it is SO much fun and such a great calorie burn. I do it with my 5 year old and we have a great time!

I was also astounded when I saw how many calories I was burning for all the fun I was having :)
January 11, 2013 12:13 PM


I should wear my HRM when I play Diablo 3 in hardcore mode. When I get swarmed by a giant mob with elites I tend to panic. I'm sure my heart rate is up there in the 6000's ~

Really? I thought the calorie burn was from how hard you slam your keyboard when the server lags out on you and causes your character an instant death.

*whimpers and knocks on wood* This has not happened yet... but I guarantee my neck will be "toned" from all the headbashing if it does.
January 11, 2013 12:13 PM
I use Jenny McCarthy You Shape, its a fabulous workout. Really all I do at this point. No room for a home gym, so this I can use in the living room. Tried Zumba, great workout, but need more space. It is amazing that a game can actually be a workout too.
January 11, 2013 12:14 PM
I just bought myself a Just Dance game for Christmas because I thought it could be a fun workout!

Glad to see it does burn a good amount of cals, I have a BMF so I will see how my burn goes!! :)
January 11, 2013 12:15 PM
Just throwing more anecdotal evidence in here. My husband bought me a kinect for Christmas and we've been playing dance central. First night, I wore my HRM and we played for an hour and a half. Came out to just about 700 calories.
January 11, 2013 12:15 PM
Sounds about right to me!
January 11, 2013 12:15 PM

Definitely trust your HRM on this one. We have the Xbox/Kinect version and it's killer because it also tracks your foot movements. Over the Christmas break, the boys had me playing it just about every day and I was dying after 30 minutes.

Have you played (I've had) The Time of my LIfe yet? Hilarious. DH and I had my mother crying with laughter while the boys were completely mortified!

OMG, dying laughing. I made my oldest to do Wild Wild West. She was mortified at having to dance to an old, weird song.
January 11, 2013 12:19 PM
I would say sounds about right. I have put my HRM on as well a few times and had a pretty big burn (approx 300 for 30 minutes) I am pretty hardcore when it comes to this game and pretty competitive with my 8 & 11 year old daughter (sad, huh? lol) I say enjoy the game with your kiddos while getting a little burn on. :)
January 11, 2013 12:22 PM
400 calories burned for 45 mins sounds about right. I play it a lot and include it in my workout routine, and I burn about 500 in an hour. Just because it's fun doesn't mean it's not exercise! :)
January 11, 2013 12:23 PM

. . . Anyway, just seems like a lot of calories burned for something that was so much fun.

Who says burning calories can't be fun? happy
January 11, 2013 12:24 PM
I've played with the wife and kiddos and I usually give up after a couple of songs. You can definitely work up a sweat!
January 11, 2013 12:24 PM
I have been wondering if this game was any good. After reading the replies I cannot wait to try it!!
January 11, 2013 12:26 PM
Everybody is correct trust your HRM! I've lost almost all my weight playing different exercise games on the Wii! Whenevee they get a new one I go get it....I just brought Wii Hip Hop Dance Experience....I have Just Dance has nothing on the intensity or the burn I get from Hip Hop Dance Experience....according to my HRM!
January 11, 2013 12:30 PM
I get one heck of a workout from it. I use the Just Sweat side as a workout and burned easily 200 calories in 49 minutes. I would say more, but I don't wear a HRM.
January 11, 2013 12:34 PM

First of all, disclaimer: Wii games are not my workout routine. I'm mainly doing Chalean Extreme.

So the other day, I challenged my 6- and 9-year-old daughters to a dance-off with the Wii Just Dance. I thought it would be a fun after-dinner-and-homework activity. In case you're wondering, I lost miserably.

But! Just for fun, I decided to wear my HRM. For 45 min. of work, it says I burned about 400 calories. Granted, I'm not coordinated enough to get any sort of muscle endurance benefit from the moves, but then again some goes for me in Zumba classes. Anyway, just seems like a lot of calories burned for something that was so much fun.

I do Zumba Wii and burn so much I love it! It doesnt feel like a work out because I love to dance
January 11, 2013 12:35 PM
We have the kinect/xbox360 and I use Dance Central and Just Dance with my kids. 60 minutes on medium/hard usually burns for me about 400 calories, and it's fun too Enjoy!
January 11, 2013 12:44 PM
Here's how a HRM works, so judge for yourself. Basically, the calories burned displayed during or at the end of your workout is a series of averages based on your heart rate at different points in your workout, your age, your weight and some experimental data by some dudes in the 80s and 90s.

Unless you have a fancy heart monitor that asks you to enter your VO2Max, in which case, it gives you a much more accurate estimate based on how efficient your body's work rate is.

All the sciencey stuff is to say, most people burn about 10 calories a minute when they have a pretty good work rate (think it's hard to talk, you're really shaking your rump around etc.). Heavier people also burn more calories in the same amount of time. So it's quite possible you burned 400 cals in 45 mins, but remember that even your HRM is not the final word on how many calories you actually burn!
January 11, 2013 12:46 PM
I am a big fan of Just Dance!

When I decided to start losing weight again I didn't really know what I could do for exercise as my health problems have worsened, especially my legs. I can't really use a lot of my old kit anymore, not even my low impact stepper :o(

I bought Just Dance as a family present and found it really manageable and I'm now using it as my main cardio workout at least 5 times a week (apart from 5 weeks while I had a broken foot!). I try to play for at least an hour on non stop shuffle so that my heart rate doesn't get time to drop during songs.

I've not lost a hell of a lot of weight, 11lb over 11 weeks but I do seem to lose slightly more weight per week when working out with Just Dance and I think my progress is going well factoring in my foot and all the Christmas goodies I consumed lol.

It feels like an easy way to improve my fitness and the Xbox version doesn't pause when my 5 little ones are buzzing around. My baby is often content to bop to the music when its on and my elder ones are free to join in if they want and this all makes finding the time to exercise a little easier.

I log it as general dancing and make the most of the extra calories!
January 11, 2013 12:47 PM
Dancing is an aerobic exercise.
January 11, 2013 12:49 PM
oh, its right for sure. That's the thing about Wii. i love Wii Zumba or any dancing Wii Game because hello..its fun.... it has character and you forget youre actually MOVING and burning calories!
January 11, 2013 12:50 PM
That is correct! I do play Just Dance for fun cardio days using my HRM. It's a great cardio workout :)


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