Get Fit While Playing Videos Games : The Essential Guide

Now, you may think that video games are for couch potatoes! However, this is not the case. In fact, there are several ways that you can enjoy gaming and burn some calories or build some muscle at the same time. In fact, you can find out all about these in the post below. 



Probably at the top of the tree for fitness video games is Japanese developer Nintendo. In fact, all of their latest consoles have included ways to get people much more active when gaming. Of course, most people are aware of the classic Wii that comes with controllers and a myriad of games based solely around fitness. Wii Fit, Wii Sports, and EA Active for Wii being some of the most popular titles.

However, you may not be aware that their latest console, the Switch is also fantastic for promoting fitness and exercise as well. In fact, there are two main reasons for this. The first being that the controllers at each side of the switch screen detach, allowing much more of a total body experience when playing games. Something that can help to keep you moving even while playing, especially with games such as ARMS, where you have to pump your arms to power your character.



Additionally, Nintendo has just come out with a new bit of kit that is compatible with the Switch known as the Ring Fit. This being a ring device that you attach a controller and can be used to pick up aerobic activity, as well as resistance, and muscle training.

However, what is truly revolutionary about this device is the game that goes with it. This is because it’s not a ‘fitness game’ per se, but an RPG adventure that uses feedback from the ring to control and move your character. Something likely to make it a lot more engaging and motivating. To the point where you may forget that you are exercising together. All because your focus is on progressing in the game. 



You may not associate playing games on your PC with improved fitness and exercise. In fact, PC gamers have a bit of a reputation for being a sedentary lot. However, there are definitely some strategies you can use the game on your PC and improve your fitness at the same time. 

The first of these is to use a VR headset along with your PC. In fact, before you go out and buy one, why not find a post like this one on the Best VR Games on Steam and give it a read? Then you should be able to find a game like Sprint Vector or Beat Saber that will get you to move your whole body when playing. Something that is bound to make exercising much more fun.



Of course, there is another option, as well. It’s pretty low tech, though, so I’m not sure gamers will love it as much as the one suggested above. Its to invest in an under desk cycle, and just pedal away while you are gaming. After all, if you are spending hours in the chair a day, that’s hours worth of exercise you could be doing. Just be careful, though, because desk bikes do not burn as many calories as exercise bikes, which can cause issues when you come to log your activity! 


Playstation / Xbox

When it comes to fitness games, there are definitely some that are worth trying on the two leading console platforms of PlayStation and Xbox.



In fact, an old school classic that you should definitely try on PlayStation is Dance Dance Revolution. A title that comes with a dance mat that picks up your moves and tells you whether you are keeping time with the game. In fact, dancing along to the steps on the screen to some retro classic is super fun and exhausting. Therefore making it a great way to get some exercise while gaming. video game

Alternatively, if you have an Xboxone and a Kinect, you may wish to have a go at Shape Up instead. In fact, while this is a fitness title, it feels much more like a game with cute graphics, plenty of encouragement, and reinforcement.



Although the competitive aspect of getting as many moves within a 90 second period is bound to motivate anyone from serious gamers to serious athletes! You can even run challenges or commit to sessions over four weeks if you like. Something that means getting fit with games on the console platform is certainly not out of the question.

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