About Denver

Hi everyone! My name is Denver, though you can just call me Apa.

That’s my game tag and people tell me that it’s way more fun to say out loud!

I’m a fairly recent college graduate (1 year out) with a B.S. in Chemistry and minor in Biology. I like to take long walks on the beach, learn new things, and play exergames!

Growing Up With an Exergame: DDR

I started playing Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) back in 2005. I had gotten a game called DDR Extreme 2 with a soft dance mat included. My 11 year old self had instantly fell in love game, and I had a blast figuring out how I was supposed to move my feet as the songs played from my television.

I would play almost every single day with my sister as we tried to complete all the missions in the game. We never did, but it was a blast to try!

I poured countless hours into DDR and learned the ins and outs of the game. Even after my sister had stopped playing, I continued to play on my own until I was too tired to continue. I had thought that it was the coolest thing to be able to play a video game by moving my little legs!

Eventually, I became good enough to dance at an actual DDR arcade machine, though I never did due to shyness.

See, DDR taught me many things as I grew up. It taught me that pursuing things of interest WILL result in obtaining skills required to achieve certain goals; it was the first time that I had an obsession with improving at something and dedicating time to getting good at it. It taught me that perfect practice makes perfect; nothing was more infuriating than devoting chunks of time to unlearning a bad habit or a wrong way to step.

I learned so many more lessons that I wasn’t even aware of by simply playing a rhythm dancing game.

Who would’ve thought?

Exergamer’s Purpose

It’s quite simple, really.

I love exergames, even to this day. I’m so excited to jump start this website because I know that there are people out there would who really benefit from playing. The health benefits that come from playing exergames are documented, yet people don’t seem to be aware of them.

I’m surprised more people DON’T play exergames since it’s, at the very least, a very fun way to get plenty of cardio (something that people usually hate to do)! There are even ways to utilize your entire body while playing!

I know that people struggle with staying committed to exercise. Running on a treadmill is boring to a lot of people in an age where entertainment is everywhere.

That is why I created this site.

My goal is to teach people who want to stay in shape and have a good time doing it. I want people to talk with their dancing peers and share their scores, their stories, their experiences, their laughter, and form a tight-knit community of rock star players. That’s my dream and the image of it makes me smile every time.

Thank you for visiting my site. If you have any questions, please shoot me an email! I always enjoy talking to new people!

I hope to see you around!

-Denver (Aka Apa)

 

 

 

 

 

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I'm a seasoned DDR player looking to demonstrate the benefits of exer-gaming in regards to health, fitness, and fun.

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9 Replies to “The Nintendo Switch Review: Is it Good for Getting Fit?

  1. The Nintendo Switch looks like an interesting option for the home office crowd (me). I find that I am sitting way too often and need to get up stretch and move around.

    The Switch could be just the ticket! I could set an alarm for every hour. Get up out of my chair and play arms for 5-10 minutes and then return to work.

    As you mentioned, I’m not going to get a six pack from this, but it does get me moving when I normally would be stuck in my chair.

    I’m going to have to think about this! Thanks.

    1. The Nintendo Switch (and Nintendo Wii) are great for getting up and moving around. Helps fight against a sedentary lifestyle in a fun way. I definitely suggest trying it out; my switch works well for keeping me active when I’m not active exercising.

      Thanks for your comment! I’m glad to help!

  2. Thank you for such an amazing review post. I have been going backwards and forwards when deciding to get a switch. I personally wouldn’t use it for the fitness side, however, my girlfriend would. From what I have read its a machine that may also suit younger gamers like my son. Do you know whether there will be any fitness titles coming out anytime soon?

    1. As far as I’m aware, the Nintendo Switch doesn’t seem to be getting fitness-specific titles anytime soon. Nintendo themselves seem to be moving away from fitness gaming in general, which is a bit of a shame. That said, the Switch is great for all ages of gamers regardless. 

      It’s great for breaking up long stretches of being sedentary though, due to the motion control nature of the console. A good supplement to standard exercising.

      Thank you for your comment!

  3. The Switch is a pretty great gaming device, and I’m sure Nintendo would benefit should it release fitness titles like it did for the Wii.

    But yes, regular exercise is still the best. Although the Switch can still make you build up a good sweat from all that physical movement, especially with the games you detailed in the article.

    1. I’m glad to to see that others share similar thoughts on the Switch. I love my Switch and personally can’t get enough of it, though I do wish that it was more fitness oriented like the Wii was. Ah well, can’t have it all!

      Thanks for your comment!

  4. Hey Denver,

    Thanks for the great review of the Nintendo Switch for exergaming. This actually seems like a great solution for me because I like to use exercise during my breaks mainly for movement and stress relief. This seems like it would be a truly great way to get my head out of my work and turn off my thoughts. I have seen people playing Arms on youtube for fun so if I were to give any of the games a try, it would be that one. Thanks again!

    1. No problem! I’m happy to help anyone interested in exergaming!

      Gaming in general is a great way to relax and get your mind off of things. I personally get myself lost in Dance Dance Revolution; that’s my favorite exergame!

      Thank you for your comment!

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