Dance Central Fitness Experiment–End of Week 1 Report

So it’s now been a week since I started my little exercise adventure (okay, I posted my first article on Sunday, but I started actually doing it last Wednesday).

When I first posted, my weight was 199lbs. Body fat percentage, according to my handy-dandy scales-cum-tricorder was 28%. I will warn you right now that I’ve discovered that it’s pretty inaccurate unless you weigh yourself a couple of times to see where it lands, and I didn’t know that at the start, so it might be 2-3lbs too high.

So let’s get the embarrassing weight stuff out of the way. I’m now 193.2lbs, and I don’t think I’ve just lost water weight, because I’m staying pretty nicely hydrated, and according to the floor-mounted tricorder, I’m now at 26.7% body fat.

This is probably the best weight loss results I’ve ever had. And it bears out my little chunk o’ science from last week quite nicely – provided that I keep losing weight by doing this. Not sure what to make of it if I plateau.

Doctor’s Visits Ahoy!

Wednesday this week was my 6 month check-up on my cholesterol at ye olde sawbones, and unfortunately, it’s not good. Bearing in mind that it’ll take 3 months for any kind of exercise to show up on these numbers, it still looks like I’m carrying around blood which you could spread on toast. And while my hemoglobin A1C level is high, it’s still in the normal range. But it’s at the upper end of normal. Like, right on the edge.

Either way, no difference there then. Next stop: statin, and revisit it in 6 weeks to see how things are going. If they’re going well enough, I’ll come off it again so we can see how the exercise is doing.

Now, the interesting part about my doctor’s visit was the physician’s assistant Jason, who was my phlebotomist (gesundheit!) for the visit. Apart from being an ER nurse for 10 years, he also has a background in athletic physiology.

I told him my theory about the whole DNA thing, and the fast muscle twitch fibers and so on, not knowing this. I thought he was just a run of the mill – if polite – vampire.

Apparently I’m spot on – there’s a few things I can do that will really help exercise-wise, and dancing is one of them. Interval training would be best, but that’s harder to find time for. If I decided to take up running, I’d never be good at it; he says that I could convert some of my muscle fibers from fast-twitch to intermediate ones, and that’d help – a bit. But marathons? Nah. I’m not built for that. I’m built for speed. And then taking it easy. And a bit more speed. And then taking it easy again. It’s kind of nice to know that I’m not just making this stuff up – I was in the right ball-park with my research. Smile

Which also makes sense of why I like running up stairs, not walking up them. I’ve been experimenting with that too. It honestly is less tiring for me to do it that way. Weeeeird to finally notice it, and understand why.

Enough Science, More Dancing…

I’m not going to go into too much detail this post about what I’ve learned about dancing itself (or rather my shortcomings when it comes to dancing) – I’ll leave that for a later one so I can spread it out a bit and keep this interesting. But I have figured out a few things:

  • I can fit in 10-15 jumping jacks during the freestyle dance sections in the game. This is my secret weapon to push things just a little further.
  • I’m pretty lousy, but! I’m getting better at it! I can 5 star quite a few songs now, on easy. Practice definitely makes perfect.
  • 2 year-olds are hazardous when dancing, especially if they’re running in circles around you to join in.
  • I’d love to see some Infected Mushroom and some Datsik in Dance Central. Just saying.

Anyway… after such a grandiose header for this part, I’m not actually dancing tonight. I’ll try to do two rounds of it tomorrow to make up, but tonight’s a rest night I think. It’s just too late right now to do it, and I think I’m doing alright so far. Like most of my exercise attempts, life has a horrible habit of getting in the way.

Still, here’s some proof from a couple of nights ago that I’m actually doing this:

Fitness tracking since Weds 30th May, give or take...

Good night!

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Simon Cooke is an occasional video game developer, ex-freelance journalist, screenwriter, film-maker, musician, and software engineer in Seattle, WA.

The views posted on this blog are his and his alone, and have no relation to anything he's working on, his employer, or anything else and are not an official statement of any kind by them (and barely even one by him most of the time).

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