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Gym Workouts More Beneficial than Fitness Video Games

woman weightsEverything is changing these days and the digital world is taking over. Have you ever played video games? Well, most video games in the past have required very little or no physical activity. But now, digital workout games are becoming far more popular than actually working out itself.

The latest video craze is thanks to the Wii and complimentary games like Wii Fit and EA Sports Active. These “exergames” have made fitness enjoyable by allowing physical activity to be fun, challenging, and adventurous. These fitness video games are great for improving eye-hand coordination, balance, stability, and stamina; all of which you can do at the gym as well.
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Nintendo’s New Wii Fit Plus

wii fit plusThe new Wii Fit Plus is the latest creation by Ninetendo and features all of the bells and whistles of one of the top-selling home entertainment games of all time.

Just released during the first week of October, the Wii Fit Plus has a few added tricked-out features which will help inspire even the glued-to-the-television couch-potatoes to stand up, press play and get moving.

The latest version includes more exercises like three additional yoga, three additional strength-training workouts and mini-games to its original menu of workouts, in addition to expert guidance that teaches you how to get the most calorie burn out of your workout.
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Jillian Michaels to Release Fitness Ultimatum 2010 for Wii and DS

jillian michaels fitness ultimatum 2010Just in time for fall, Jillian Michaels is adding to her Wii Fit library with the Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Ultimatum 2010 for Wii and Jillian Michaels’ Pocket Trainer 2010 for Nintendo DS.

As a follow-up to her Fitness Ultimatum 2009, this new game challenges players to a Hell Week-style boot camp featuring one-on-one workouts and all-new core exercises in cardio training, strength training, and balance training super-set routines. The game includes new additions like the “Fitness Resolution” in which you plan your six-month workout routine with a training schedule and the “Exercise with Jillian” component, which provides you with a one-on-one game with a 3D avatar of Jillian Michaels that demonstrates pre-made or custom routines.
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Video Gamers Not So Young, or Fit

video game controllerWhen you think of a video gamer, you probably envision a teenage boy with a Big Gulp, glued to his computer or TV screen for hours trying to conquer their favorite game. But, according to a new survey, the average video gamer in the U.S. today is 35-years-old.

You may still be right about the Big Gulp, though.

The report by Dr. James B. Weaver III of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine  say they found a “measurable” associations between playing video games and health risks.
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EA Sports Active Launches More Workouts for Holiday Season

ea sports more workoutsEA Sports Active, the fitness program for Nintendo Wii is launching 30 new workouts. Set to hit North American stores on November 17, 2009, the More Workouts will emphasize abdominal and core exercises, feature a Six-Week Challenge, and an all-new presentation will take you to the tropics to immerse yourself in warm weather activities like waterskiing and paddle surfing. It will be perfect for those cold winter days when you can only dream about warm weather, and your indoor workouts need some new life.

These new EA Sports Active workouts will greatly expand their current database of more than 25 calorie-burning, muscle-toning exercises and activities in addition to access to daily progress reports and virtual personal trainers that you can use from the comfort of your own home.

Here’s a closer look at these new workouts:
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