Fitness is Fun? That’s what you thought I meant, right? Mis-punctuation. Well, your wrong. I meant Fitness is Fun! Exclamation point. What, you disagree? If you do, you gotta change that attitude right now. Let me tell you, you can’t stick to your healthy resolutions if you don’t enjoy what you are doing. So, if you don’t think fitness is fun, then its time to change that.
I try to infuse a little fun into the fitness routine in my house by making it a competition or a game. One of the best ways to do that is with our Nintendo Wii. Sitting at home on a Sunday? Break out the Wii. Bored on a Friday night? Break out the Wii. Spending time with family over the holidays? Break out the Wii! Here are a few of my favorite games that are not only fun, they have major calorie burning benefits:
This is one of my all time favorite games. Probably has nothing to do with the fact that I love Zumba but that’s beside the point. This game is so fun and you burn major, major calories. I definitely count it as a cardio workout. Of course the goal is to complete the dance steps as close to your onscreen instructor as possible. The better you do the more Zumba! you get. But no worries, if you can’t get it perfect you can still get Hot! or Nice!. The better you do, the more stars you collect per song. Hit 5 stars per song and you are a perfect Zumba Legend!
The moves are set to popular Zumba songs, many of which you may recognize if you are a Zumba fan, like Caipirinha and Dance, Dance, Dance. The dance styles range from traditional salsa, merengue and cumbia to world beats like Bollywood to Latin pop. In addition to the traditional Latin music, there are also a few pop songs to groove along with, including Pause by Pitbull and Poison by Nicole Scherzinger.
You have the option of performing one song at a time to taking a full class (my favorite mode). Class lengths vary from short (20 minutes) to medium (40 minutes) to full-length (60 minutes). You can also breakdown the steps in Learn the Steps mode or have a Zumba party, allowing up to 4 people to play at once. Try the classes and I swear you won’t even notice you’ve been working out until you realize how many calories you’ve burned.
Similar to Zumba Wii, Just Dance is an incredibly fun fitness dance game. You’ll also burn major calories with this game. Just Dance has many permutations but my favorite is Just Dance 3 (although 1, 2 and 4 are also fun!). Pete and I even had it at our wedding after party for guests to dance along to. Although you can’t “take a class” like you can with Zumba, there is still a Just Sweat option, which allows you to play song after song and tracks your workout progress. You can also play with up to 4 players, making it a fun party sort of game. The songs on Just Dance are really great too! Tons of recent pop songs as well as some oldies but goodies. To get the full effect, I recommend playing a bunch of songs in a row. You can play against others to try and see who gets the highest score or, if you are like me, you can just try and top yourself 😉
If you aren’t really in to dancing (and let’s face it, the hubs is not), Wii Sports has some great options for burning calories and staying entertained. This one is popular with my family on the holidays and Pete and I enjoy competing against each other in boxing (although its known to get a bit competitive). Boxing and Tennis are really the best for burning calories-boxing is an actual workout and tennis moves fast enough that if you continuously play you can burn some serious calories. But, if you are looking for some more laid back fun, the other sports are still good for getting you up off the couch.
The original in fitness for the Wii. Wii Fit is ALL about using the Wii for getting fit. While I find the cardio to be better in the games mentioned above, the Wii Fit software has a lot of other great options like yoga, strength training and games for fitness. The only drawback is that you can only play one at a time since you need to use the balance board to play. Even so, the games are fun and you will burn off some extra calories with this game. This is especially good if you are just getting into fitness and need to start somewhere.
So there you have it people. Fitness can be fun! Seriously though, if you try to involve fitness into your life as a game or a competition or just something fun the whole family can do, you are much less likely to see it as work and you are much more likely to stick with it. So if Wii (or any other gaming device) isn’t your thing, try to think of something that is interesting to you and would be fun to do. Good luck!