Video games are an increasingly popular workout option, thanks to the motion controls that work with many game consoles. And yes, they can help us get fit, though the intensity matters (and is variable), according to the American Council on Exercise. For you, which of these is the sweetest way to get sweaty?
Nike+ Kinect Training (Xbox)
Select a virtual personal trainer and get a customized training program based on your fitness level. This game gives you access to the Nike+ website, where you can monitor your fitness and compare your progress with that of friends who have also signed up. You’ll have access to strength building, cardio, and weight loss workouts.
Zumba Fitness (Wii, Xbox 360)
Zumba incorporates freestyle moves, break dance, Latin ballroom, and other dances into a cardio workout. Choose to dance to a single song, a short (20 minute) workout, a mid-length (45 minute) workout, or a full-length (60 minutes) workout.
Your Shape Fitness Evolved (Wii U, Xbox 360 Kinect)
This game blends calisthenics, weight training, and yoga, and is reportedly a good choice for entry-level exercisers. Exercises are explained as you do them, and a virtual personal trainer helps keep you motivated.
EA Sports Active 2 (Xbox 360, Wii, Playstation3, iPhone, iPod Touch)
Choose from over 70 exercises and games, including classic workout routines and basketball. Receive customized workouts based on your fitness level.
Just Dance (PlayStation 3, Wii, WiiU, Xbox 360)
Perform specific dance moves to songs, mirroring the virtual dancers. This game, with 48 songs, is a ton of fun! The cardio challenge is moderate, but whether or not you sweat, you’ll have a ridiculously great time.