FIT TIP: The Wii Isn’t Just for the Wee Ones
Can you really get fit with your kid’s gaming system? Absolutely! The Wii and Xbox have turned gaming into a workout for both kids and adults. A recent CDC fitness study found that only one in four teens aged 12 to 15 meet the standards of an hour or more of moderate to vigorous activity every day. If you aren’t meeting those standards either, join your kids and game your way to fitness!
Xbox, Wii and PlayStation have many family-oriented games that will move your bod and make you sweat. Here are some top-rated examples:
Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 for Wii U – Combining fun and fitness, Your Shape lets you select a multiplayer mode for up to four people and share your progress with friends. Create a profile, try some aerobic-style moves and focus on specific body areas. These circuit-style workouts are perfect for people who are just starting out with exercise.
Zumba Fitness for Wii and Xbox 360 – Get in touch with your inner dancer and experience freestyle, break dance, Latin ballroom and other styles with Zumba Fitness. Choose from cardio workouts with 20-60 minute durations and varying intensity levels. You even can select a tutorial on the dance moves. Zumba is so fun you might forget you’re working out.
Nike+ Kinect Training for Xbox 360 – If you are determined to get in shape and stay in there, this workout is for you. Select a trainer and get serious with strength training, toning and weight loss. Get a fitness assessment to determine your beginning level and then customize workouts to achieve results. Track your progress by setting up a Nike+ account. This game is a great motivator to improve your fitness level.
Just Dance 4 for PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U and Xbox 360 – Listen to popular music and perform specific dance routines while watching virtual dancers on screen. Choose from five different workout types, each with a specific musical theme. The Just Sweat Mode is fitness-specific and you can choose the length of your workout and even record your calorie burn.
UFC Personal Trainer for PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360 – Turn the Ultimate Fighting Championship into a fitness game. Take a fitness test, choose between weights or fitness bands, and initiate fundamental to advanced workouts that combine striking and kicking motions.
Use your TV for activity and not for a sedentary camp around the couch. Not only will you torch those calories and work on your own fitness, but you’ll create a lasting impression with your kids that fitness can be fun.