Benefits of Guitar Hero

Not Just a Game … but Exercise

Most people think that Guitar Hero is just another game for kids to play indoors that takes away from their daily activity. In reality, it is a great way to get your kids active. In addition to getting your kids a bit more active; it works out their forearm muscles, sometimes gets them up and jumping or dancing to the music, and it significantly helps improve hand-eye coordination. If you have never tried the game, you should. After the first day I played, my arm was actually twitching. It took me a while to figure out why this was happening. I knew it meant my muscles were fatigued, but I didn’t think guitar hero could cause it. Well, it was definitely the cause. Once again I spent a few hours in front of my TV with a guitar controller attached to me via a strap around my shoulder, and once again my arm was fatigued. I give all these kids who can sit there and play the game without stopping for hours on end credit.

I have always been one for active games and sports, and I still am. However, if you are going to be playing video games, it should be one that benefits you in some way. The main benefit of course is exercise for the 20 muscles in your forearm and exercise for your mind. You have to hit the correct colored button and strum at the exact time that the colored button appears at the right spot on the bottom of the screen. Sounds difficult, well it can be, especially as the levels increase and the songs get longer and more difficult. Imagine the exercise your hands and your mind are getting. It is almost like Dance Dance Revolution (although that is a bit more active because your jumping around). It requires you to do something at the moment you see it, which is exactly how your hand-eye coordination improves. There is another benefit that I almost forgot about, musical beats. Not everyone can keep a beat, and this game truly teaches you how to strum with the beat (when the color gets to the bottom of the screen). For kids, this is especially important because we try to teach kids about music at a young age because it is an important skill mentally. Of course, the more you play, the more you benefit physically and mentally. Overall though, it is quite a physical activity that benefits everyone who participates. I highly recommend that you give it a try, because guitar hero has a lot more benefits than you may think.

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