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Jean Menefee

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A machine that helps you exercise in your sleep.

This machine will move your legs while you sleep according to the information you put into the system, such as your age, weight, height, and amount of calories you want to burn.

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    Dec 10 2012: I wouldn't be able to fall asleep, and something moving your legs wouldn't exactly burn any calories... right?
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    Dec 11 2012: you're supposed to rest when you sleep. There is no shortcut ; wake up early and jogg you lazy bastards!
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    Dec 10 2012: Having your legs moved for you isn't exercise. Exercise is the force you apply TO the machine and not the force the machine can apply to you.
    Pushing a cart up a hill = exercise
    Riding the cart down the hill = not exercise

    I can see what you're going for, but unless you alter your focus to some kind of *workable* impulse machine, theres not too much you can do, atleast whilst you're asleep.
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    Dec 10 2012: I think the first comment you received goes right to the point. Mechanically-caused motion may affect joint flexibility but it does nothing to metabolize calories or build muscle-mass. Work is the act of MOVING a mass through a distance. If your idea worked quadraplegics in motorized wheel chairs would be fit as olympic athletes even though they never use a muscle. Also, if you move my legs repeatedly while I am trying to sleep I will not continue sleeping! You are thinking far outside the box! Keep thinking!
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    Dec 10 2012: I could understand a machine of this sort for someone who is disabled or bedridden with obesity, but other than that, is this how lazy our society is? We have to work out in our sleep.... That would shameful in my opinion.

    But I also don't believe someone would sleep during this exercise.
  • Dec 10 2012: It's kind of risky, if machine have little distortion in work it can cause great troubles((
  • Dec 10 2012: People have been sleep walking for years :)
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    Dec 10 2012: That sounds a bit counter productive for the purpose of sleep is to relax your body and recooperate it.
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      Dec 10 2012: There is, in fact, a medical condition called "restless leg syndrome." Those who suffer from this involuntary motion have great difficulty sleeping through it, which creates other problems.
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        Dec 10 2012: Isn't it just leg shaking?
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          Dec 10 2012: I have known only one person with this condition. What I know is that it kept her awake, which suggests one cannot, perhaps, get simultaneously the benefits of sleep and constant leg motions. It is something one would need to research.