6, April 2016

How to Use Video Games to Get Fit

Gaming culture is such a big part of our current times that it’s not surprising that there are a large number of people who would choose video games over getting fit. Games offer a sense of recognition without any hard physical labor. But there are ways that you can play your video games and work out at the same time! Nobody wants to work hard to get into shape, but if you use your video games as a method to keep yourself in line, you just might be able to have your cake and eat it too.

Kinect and Other Motion Games

Kinect Offers Many Great Motion Games

Kinect Offers Many Great Motion Games

Video games have made leaps and bounds in the last few years. No longer are games constricted solely to being played using controllers. With technology like the Kinect or the Wii system, moving around has become a much larger part of gaming in general. This is something you can use to your advantage to get into shape. If you’re prone to playing movement games to begin with, this should be simple enough, but if you usually don’t play games of this sort, it’s not too difficult to just play a few every so often to get yourself active. There are plenty of games that are simply dancing simulations. You don’t even have to be good at these games in order to get a good, thorough workout from them. Just trying to step in the right places or strike the right poses will have you sweating in no time. These sorts of games are a great cardio and lung workout as well, so they serve multiple purposes!

Like a Drinking Game, but Not

an22rdsjEveryone likes drinking games, so why not make a workout game out of your video game? Using prompts like ‘every time you die, do ten sit ups’. Never make the numbers too high or you might grow tired of doing thirty push ups every time you fall into the nasty chasm you just can’t seem to jump. Keep it simple and always make it a punishment for screwing up in the game. Alternatively, you could make it a joke to go along with the story of whatever game you’re playing. Like whenever something specific is mentioned, you have to do five jumping jacks before you continue on with the dialogue. Even doing this for only a little while during your play time can really help you get into shape.

A Fun Reward

Taking a completely different approach, it’s always easy to use video games a nice reward for when you’ve completed a certain workout task. Set yourself a goal, either how long you want to exercise or how many reps you want to do, and once you have finished that reward yourself with fifteen minutes of gameplay. Wash, rinse, and repeat until you are satisfied with the amount of exercise you have gotten in the day. Giving yourself a night of gaming might also be a good reward for having spent the day at the gym or after going for a long run. Rewarding yourself is always a good motivation to do something you don’t want to do, like exercising.

Do It with Friends

Play & work out with friends

Play & work out with friends

Working out is almost always easier when you’re with a group of people who can either encourage or jeer you into continuing to work harder. So why not share your exercise regime and your gaming experiences with your friends while you’re at it? With a small group of friends, you can get onto each other’s cases to make sure that you all keep up with your workouts. Or, if you and your friends are so inclined, you can make the workout a punishment for an ongoing competition. Just set some simple ground rules. For example, in a racing game, whoever wins gets to give the losers a set of whatever exercise they want, while they watch. This will inspire you all to try harder in your gaming, but will also incite a competition to get revenge and make everyone else work as hard as you have had to. This can be taken to any extreme that you and your friends want, just so long as no one gets hurt. Just remember to always game responsibly.