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Xbox Kinect -- Fun Exercise!
You know how the Wii made video games active because you move around a lot? I tried the Wii Fit program for a couple of weeks at a friend's house. I liked the things it did, but it was a bit boring. I also tried the Jilian Michaels workout game, but it wasn't much fun. I figured that video game physical training was not quite there yet.
Ok, so this post is going to sound like an advertisements of sorts, but it's actually a review. How would you like to burn calories and have fun at the same time?
With my current work deadlines and schedule, it's been hard to find time to exercise lately. I need something that I can get up from my desk and do and then get straight back to work. With that in mind, I got a Kinect to go with my Xbox 360. I chose my games specifically to keep me active.
Kinect Adventures - This one comes with the Kinect. "Float in outer space. Experience the thrill of roaring rapids. Tackle mountain top obstacle courses. And dive into the deep to explore a leaky underwater observatory — all from your living room... jump, dodge and kick your way through exciting adventures set in a variety of exotic locations."
It was surprisingly very fun, especially the river rafting. You stand on a raft and steer it by stepping side to side. Hit ramps to get some hang time to grab points and jump to make it go higher. What's made this game so much fun is when I play it with friends. The two of you work together to complete levels and score high points. Lots of fun!
Kinect Sports - "Turn your living room into a world-class stadium, bowling alley, soccer pitch or track-and-field arena. With “Kinect Sports” you're not only the star player, you are the controller — through the magic of Kinect for Xbox 360. See a ball? Kick it. Spike it. Even give it a little topspin. “Kinect Sports” features soccer, beach volleyball, bowling, table tennis, track and field, and boxing."
Some friends came over two nights ago. We ended up jumping, running, throwing javelins, slamming ping-pong balls, boxing and other stuff for over 2 hours! I called both my friends this afternoon. "Wanna come over about 7 and play some more?" The quick answer was, "Definitely!"
Fighters Uncaged - I've liked fighting video games since I was a kid, so this one intrigued me. Reviews were mixed, but I read one that said that it's not a matter of just doing the moves. It's doing the moves the way that the Kinect reads them. "Fighters Uncaged is the ultimate fighting game published to-date for play on Xbox 360. Utilizing the motion capturing capabilities of the Xbox 360 Kinect system, players put away their standard wireless controllers and become the controller themselves as they take on the varied and seedy characters of the gameworld in tournament style fighting action using their fists, knees, feet, elbows and anything else they need to. The body mapping abilities of Microsoft Kinect allows players to create and master 70 different types of moves pulled from a variety of real martial arts disciplines. These can be used singularly, or strung together in combos for maximum impact. The game features 21 different gritty game environments in which players will be matched up against enemies with distinct fighting styles and character attributes. Additional features include voice activated special moves and two-player local support, including a co-op option."
For me, it has become the perfect game to stay active during the day. Fights last about 3-4.5 minutes. Consequently, about every 2 hours, I can get up, do a couple of fights and then go back to my desk and continue working. What's funny is that as the opponents have been getting harder, I get a little more out of breath. It's not a heavy duty workout, but it's fun to play and lets me get moving a bit.
There are three fitness games out for the Kinect, so I spent a lot of time reading reviews.
The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout - I like The Biggest Loser a lot! It's what this site is named after. However, I was very disappointed to read the reviews. Out of 38 reviews, 40% of them rated the game as 1-3 stars (out of 5). The bottom line was that the game doesn't respond well to your movements. I don't have $45 sitting around to just try the game, so I can't try it myself. I wasn't going to risk it.
Your Shape Fitness Evolved - This game sounded pretty good. In fact, based on the reviews I had a hard time choosing between it and EA Sports Active 2. Out of 108 reviews, 70% of them were 4-5 stars (out of 5). While I chose EA Sports Active 2, I will probably buy this game as well just to compare them, because it has received high ratings.
EA Sports Active 2 - After comparing Your Shape and this one, I settled here. The primary reason was because of the fitness tracking. It comes with a heart rate monitor so I can see how hard I'm working through the workout. What's surprising is that the ratings weren't as high for this one. Whatever the reason for the lower ratings, I've found it to be quite good.
I did my first workout with EA Sports Active 2 today. I was glad to find that I broke a sweat and felt like I did a real workout. It was definitely the right choice for me.
In years past, exercise was part of the daily routine, because we were building fences, herding cattle and working in the garden. Now, we sit behind a computer or desk all day. So here's my question for you. What are you doing to work fitness into your day? Whether you use Kinect or anything else, find a way to work exercise into your daily schedule every day.
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