Some of us enjoy working out, but not nearly as much as we like video games. It’s a good thing there are fitness video games that provide us with a happy compromise. See, the cool thing about combining exercise with video games is that it keeps us from thinking of physical fitness as a chore and instead more like a fun activity. What’s even cooler than that is that there are a variety of fitness video games to choose from (literally dozens and dozens).
There’s not nearly enough time or room to list them all within this article, but after doing a bit of “trial and error research”, here is a list of five fitness video games that are worth the investment; ones that will bring hours of heart-pumping enjoyment for hours on end.
Wii Fit Plus
As soon as Nintendo’s Wii hit the market, it seems like every video game player fell in love. It’s with good reason being that its interactive technology gives you the ability to play all kinds of physically interactive games. With Wii Fit Plus, there are over 40 different training programs from strength training and yoga to balance games and aerobics, each with levels for the very beginner to the extremely advanced.
When it comes to mixing fun with fitness, it doesn’t get any better than dancing. All you need to do is turn up your favorite song, get to moving and you’ll have the cardio that you need for the day in no time. Dance Central (an Xbox 360 game) encourages you to copy the moves of the dancers on the screen and then scores you based on your performance. For accuracy’s sake, there’s a circle on the screen that turns green when you’ve got the move right and red when it’s wrong.
The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout
If you’re a fan of the hit series The Biggest Loser, then the video game is a must-have for your collection. The game itself is actually based on the television show and the hosts Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels offer workout and nutritional tips on screen. With more than 125 different kinds of exercises featured, you’re sure to win it comes to losing big. (It can be used with Xbox 360 and Wii.)
For the sports lovers with an Xbox 360, this particular game should make you smile because it allows you to play football, volleyball, table tennis as well as bowl, box and “run” track and field to your heart’s content. The added bonus is that you don’t have to go it alone. It’s actually a video game that several people can play all at once.
When you’re simply looking for a way to pass the time, Sonic Games 365 can probably provide you with what you’re looking for. Oh, but if you’re in search of a way to get a thorough workout, Sports Champions (for PS3) is something that will probably be more up your alley. As a video game that has been described as an ultimate kind of sports challenge (and with archery and a gladiator duel being two of the exercise options, that’s probably no exaggeration), while the game isn’t specifically marketed as a fitness video game, it is filled with so much challenge that it’s a surefire way to get your limbs to moving and your heart to racing. So, whether it’s intentional or not, after about an hour or so of playing this game, you will definitely feel like the mission towards physical fitness has been thoroughly accomplished.