Gone are the days of the Jane Fonda workouts that had people hooked to their upbeat, fun aspect. Today video games that help you lose weight are the latest craze on the market! Children and adults love them because they can play games even as they work out.
What are the new-fangled video games all about and how do they work?
Watching television while walking on the treadmill is commonplace but what if your treadmill was connected to a screen on which you could play shooting games, using the handlebars to direct your moves! The treadmill helps control the speed of various characters and you can keep to the pace you are comfortable with.
This is a joystick that can be moved flexibly enough to provide a complete body workout. It is connected to a television screen and can regulate the beat of various games found in the Play Station. The player can also control the amount of force being exerted.
This has the function of a giant i-Pod, and after details of your weight, age and gender are punched in, and hooked on to the TV screen or the radio, the volume of the program you are watching varies according to your speed. The slower you go, the softer the sound becomes, motivating you to work out at a quicker pace.
Dance Dance Revolution
The DDR is a dance routine and music video game in which children can move to the rhythm of a particular type of music, following arrows that appear on the TV screen and are replicated on a dance pad on the floor. There are various levels of difficulty. The vigor of the movements is as effective as aerobics, and does much to chisel the body. This game has been adopted in various schools to help American children combat obesity.
The Eye Toy Kinetic
Have you ever wanted to star in a video show? Here is your chance. A video camera placed on top of the TV screen records all your movements through your Play Station. There are moves and kicks that you need to mimic, along with different routines that make for a good work out.
The Nintendo Wii
Thi is a boxing game in which the player ends up doing everything a boxer would do in real life by following the game on the console. This has proved extremely effective in working up a sweat and knocking off unwanted pounds. Tennis, baseball and bowling are alternative games.
This game helps to improve muscle tone and exercise your upper body, as you have to actually move a heavy bar in order to get the pieces together. There are two handles that have to be pulled in the directions you want the pieces to move.
The idea of combining video games with exercise must have been conceived by a genius who knew exactly how much time a human being spends in front of the TV. Isn’t it a fact that working out is easier when it is actually fun? Do you have any fun exercise routines to share with us?