Those clever executives at Microsoft released the new Xbox One the week before Thanksgiving, ready for our long weekend packed in a room with family looking for a way to get some energy after a haze-inducing turkey meal with all the trimmings. Now that the Xbox One is here, we're adding these fitness games to our living rooms. Refuse to let the postbird coma get you down, and break in the latest gaming device with these sweat-inducing titles.
Many women love social gaming and spend countless hours watering their virtual crops via Farmville or taking care of their Sim. Prominent brands are attempting to tap into this digital game obsession by providing customers with games that reward them for their physical activity. Take a look at the social games that Striiv, SELF magazine, and Nike have developed to motivate you to train, and let us know which game you are most likely to play.
The family binging events are over, so now it's time to talk resolutions and fighting off some of that bulge you may have picked up during the holiday season. Good news is there are plenty of ways to burn some calories without spending half an afternoon in the gym. Fire up your favorite gaming console and pop in one of these titles that will have you working up a sweat in no time.
- Your Shape Fitness Evolved ($34) — Working with the Xbox 360 and Kinect sensor, this game provides a personalized fitness program based on your skill level, but the Kinect actually senses where your joints are to give you proper form tips while you're playing. Add in special martial arts and weight loss classes led by actual celebrity trainers, and you have yourself a pretty amazing fitness game that really isn't a game at all.
- The Fight: Lights Out ($20) — I like The Fight (which works in conjunction with the PlayStation Move), and in comparison to other fitness specific video games it doesn't feel like a workout; it just feels like fun.
- Get Fit With Mel B ($) — Another PlayStation Move title, Get Fit With Mel B seems like it would be a good alternative to the gym; mostly cause Mel B is ripped, and if this helps her stay fit, it's gotta work for me, right?
- Just Dance 2 ($34) — Like DDR before it, the Wii-compatible Just Dance 2 lets you work up a sweat with some awesome moves, and sing along to popular music. It doesn't get any better than that!
- EA Sports Active 2 ($45) — I'm already a big fan of the EA Sports Active titles, so pairing it with the Kinect system is sure to give me an even better, more engaging workout experience.
You're already stressed out about your wedding day details, but worrying about how you'll look in your wedding gown shouldn't be one of them. The good news is there are plenty of ways to burn some calories without spending half an afternoon in the gym. Fire up your favorite gaming console and pop in one of these titles that will have you working up a sweat in no time.
So you stuffed your face on Thanksgiving, but now you're feeling a little down about your bod. Don't worry — there are plenty of ways to burn of a few calories without stepping foot in the gym. Fire up your favorite gaming console and pop in one of these titles that will have you working up a sweat in no time.
I was pretty excited when PlayStation announced the release of its new motion controller, the PlayStation Move, for the PS3. It's Sony's chance to compete against the fitness- and family-friendly Wii, without sacrificing its audience of hardcore gamers. Being an avid Wii player, I was excited to attend a preview party for The Fight: Lights Out ($37), Sony's fighting game that uses the PlayStation Move motion controller.
Going into the event I was a little intimidated: I was one of the few gals there, and on top of that, had never used the PlayStation Move motion controller. I was also meeting Danny Trejo, the actor I only know through some pretty scary roles. Danny is the voice of the trainer in the video game and is a total sweetheart IRL.
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