Low on Health? Wii Games Designed to Get Players Moving
Gym memberships can be expensive and even if one has a membership, it’s sometimes difficult to be motivated enough to get up and make the trek to the gym. For those who want to exercise no matter what the weather is like or for those who just don’t feel the motivation to leave the house, the Nintendo Wii system has several fun video games that are designed to be fun disguised as exercise.
The Just Dance franchise is one of the best selling franchises for the Wii and with good reason. It combines new and old songs which prompt players to dance along with a character on screen. Just Dance 2 and 3 have special “Just Sweat” modes that track how many “sweat points” are burned in a work out and encourage you to dance at least a certain number of songs per day and reach a certain number of sweat points in a week. Just Dance 3 is also available for Xbox 360 and Ps3.
Where Just Dance has a player hold the Wii mote in hand, Zumba comes with a belt that serves as a holster for the Wiimote. The hands free game play allows the player to focus on dancing. The game unlocks levels of higher difficulty as the player gets better at doing the Zumba routines that are comparable to real Zumba classes. It may seem very fast paced and even a bit difficult to keep up with at first but the game really induces a sweat in the player. Zumba fitness is also available for Xbox 360 and Ps3.
The Biggest Loser
This is a more traditional work out endeavor. Players can enter a number of weeks to adhere to a program. Exercises are presented and in addition to the physical activity in the game, players are also given a number of healthy recipes and life style tips to help get in shape away from the console as well.