Sometimes it can be hard to get out of the house to go to the gym or for a run, especially in the winter. But even if you’d rather hang out in front of the TV, here are still some fun options for you to stay fit, especially with the new motion-sensing video game consoles available on the market. If you want to get your kids more active, this might be the way…if they can’t get away from their video games, they might as well make the best use of them to get and stay active!
Try adding these popular games to your workout routine:
Dance Dance Revolution: This high-energy dancing game will literally have you stepping to the beat! Players step and jump on a dance pad connected to the game console, in time with the beat of the music and the arrows on the screen. Much harder than it looks, it’s a bit like a step/aerobics class mixed with a night out at the club, and the different difficulties will ensure you get a good sweat on.
EA Sports Active: If you’re looking for a intense, challenging workout that combines cardio and strength training, try EA Sports Active, which includes activities like kickboxing, ab exercises and running and multi-week training programs to help you track your progress and set goals. The game even comes with accessories such as heart rate monitors, leg straps and resistance bands to make your workout more authentic, plus an online community where you can share your success stories.
Wii Fit Plus: No blog post about fitness video games would be complete without the one that started it all – Wii Fit. The game is great for beginners, with lots of fun mini games and virtual classes for step and martial arts, as well as yoga and strength exercises. This newest edition includes lots of new features, including a calorie-burn counter and even a cute option to keep fit with your pet! While it’s not the most strenuous of workouts, it’s a really fun way to get started, and the strength and yoga exercises are quite challenging and the perfect way to strengthen your core and balance.
What are your favourite fitness video games? Have you had success in using a game in your workouts? Let us know in the comments below!