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The Pros and Cons Of Video Game Workouts

This decade has been a rather interesting one with all the new technology and fitness trend advances. Home fitness has become extremely popular these days and companies like Nintendo and XBOX are completely capitalizing on this with the release of the WiiFit and Kinect, respectively. The new biggest things are workout video games- which I am completely for if it gets you up and moving. I strongly believe that anything that can motivate you to exercise is a good thing. I, personally, am old fashioned and love to run outdoors and hit the weights indoors at the gym. That is definitely not for everyone, and this new advance in in-home fitness is perfect for today’s population. With that being said, there are pros and cons to video game workouts, so read on to decide if they are for you.


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Fit in Exercise When You Have No Time

The holiday season is in full swing, and we couldn’t be happier. It’s a great time of year to spend time with friends and family, attend holiday parties, and surprise loved ones with the perfect gift. It’s cold outside, though, and many of us use our gigantic “to-do” lists and the cold as an excuse to skip out on the most necessary part of the day. I know I have a tough time getting the work outs in some days. One or two days of this and you’ll find yourself out of your fitness habit. Don’t let that happen to you.  Here are some great ways to get your exercise in, and, as a bonus, many of them use your favorite electronic devices AND keep you out of the cold weather!

Wii/Xbox with Kinect – Long gone are the days where playing games equals sitting still for hours. Both gaming systems get you up and active, jumping around and actively participating. They make exercise fun. I’m a not-so-secret fan of Just Dance 2. I can set it to the “tough” level, and before I know it, I’ve exceeded the level of exercise I’d planned – and I’m not even finished. My son and husband have regular ping pong championships, and I’ve heard rumors that I may be challenged to a boxing show down. (Psst! We are giving away a ton of Wii Fitness games in our Tech-nically Fit Gift Guide Giveaway, so make sure to enter!)


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Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout Video Game for Kinect

Now you can get the Biggest Loser workout by playing Kinect for XBox 360. You don’t even have to travel to the ranch! The new fitness game is called The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout, and does not require any additional controls. The game features workout with Biggest Loser trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels. If you hate working out at the gym, and would prefer to get fit from the comfort of your home, this game is a great option for you.

Fans of The Biggest Loser can use the game to achieve their weight-loss and fitness goals with features like body analysis, tracking and healthy recipes. You can even keep a video diary of your workout progress, just like contestants on the show. You can further customize your workout to suit your age, weight, physical ability and target areas with over 125 different exercises. Users can even incorporate wights, and resistance bands into their fitness routines.


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