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Preparing for BlizzCon: Training for the lines


BlizzCon approaches! Preparing for BlizzCon is your regular source for tips on how best to prepare for Blizzard's gaming extravaganza.

There are going to be lines at BlizzCon -- long, long lines. There will be lines to get badges, lines for the store, lines for gameplay, lines for food, etc. There will also be some walking, as the Anaheim Convention center is big. And sitting will take place, if you can get a seat for the more popular events. But mostly there will be standing... in lines.

Standing hurts, as anyone who has to stand all day for work can tell you. I don't recommend standing around as practice for the lines, because it really isn't healthy. But there is another exercise that is good for you and will help you prepare for all that standing: walking.

Darn it, Jim! I'm a writer, not a doctor. What do I know? Of course, you should consult a doctor before starting any exercise program, and you shouldn't just take my word for it. But experts say that walking is an excellent exercise for all athletic skill levels and ages. This low impact exercise will strengthen the parts of your legs and feet most affected by standing. Also, if you aren't exercising now and have a bit of a weight problem, adding walking to your routine will probably make you lose weight before BlizzCon. Captain Obvious says that a lighter you will be easier on your legs and feet when you are doing all that standing.

I find that walking outside is infinitely more interesting than on a treadmill, but outdoor exercise isn't always an option. Some of you people live in places that have weather. I live in Los Angeles, where weather is rarely an issue, but walking after dark is most certainly ill advised -- particularly with headphones. As with most things, walking with a buddy is safer and more fun.

So, if you feel inclined to physically train for the rigors of BlizzCon, I suggest regular walks. Just take the appropriate precautions. If you choose treadmill walking, I recommend loading up your mp3 player with your favorite WoW related podcasts to alleviate the boredom.

Stay safe and have fun!

BlizzCon 2009 is coming up on August 21st and 22nd! We've got all the latest news and information. At BlizzCon, you can play the latest games, meet your guildmates, and ask the developers your questions. Plus, there are some great looking costumes.

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