January 8, 2013

Healthy Gaming

A Weekly Diary of Getting Fit with Games

Fitness Feature» It’s the beginning of a new year and the time when people begin looking at all the things they’ve wanted to do over the past year and deciding to begin now.  And why not?  Most people like things that are neat and even and the start of a new year means it’s time to start new things.  Only those who are determined to see it through, however, will keep at their, dare I say, resolutions?

Well, I have a resolution that I’d very much like to keep this year: to become healthier and more fit and to lose some extra pounds.  I also want to have fun doing it.  In the past I have had gym memberships through my employer and I have used them, but never truly enjoyed going to the gym.  I just find it boring and I never really know what to do when I get there.  So I’m going to do something different this year.  I am going to put the fitness titles that I have for my gaming consoles to good use…and actually use them.  I will also write a weekly blog post right here chronicling this journey.

Currently I have the below list of “games” that I can use and I will start by using one of these games each week.  I will do a workout three or four times per week using one title and will write about what I did and how I felt about the workout and the title in question.  Once I have gone through each of the available titles (more titles could be added), I will start the cycle again and compare my experiences to the first round.  Currently these titles are:

  • Nike+ Kinect Training (Kinect)
  • Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 (Kinect)
  • Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 (WiiU)
  • Dance Central 3 (Kinect)
  • Just Dance 4 (Kinect)
  • UFC Personal Trainer (Kinect)
  • EA Sports Active 2 (Kinect)
  • Jillian Michaels Fitness Adventure (Kinect)
  • Michael Phelps: Push the Limit (Kinect)

I am hoping that this chronicle will keep me honest and keep me motivated.  I’ve been putting this off far too long and it’s time I got back into a regular routine and I will use this weekly diary as my motivation to do so. So come on back each Monday as I make this new journey and use my hobby as a means to get fit.  It’s time to prove that gaming isn’t always synonymous with an unhealthy lifestyle.

About the Author

Sean is an avid gamer and lover of all thing tech. He is a dedicated husband and the father to three beautiful daughters. In addition to taking his love of gaming to a new level with this site, Sean is also host of our podcasts: The OMG! Hour, Lost Treasures of Gaming, and Primetime as well as the bi-weekly podcast mashup show, Gamers Unscripted. Follow Sean on Twitter as @Xiantayne and this blog as @OMGnexus.



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