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Make Your Workout Virtual

Make Your Workout Virtual

Remember when summer vacation meant playing outside, running around and being exhausted by dinner time? Computer and video games changed all that. Suddenly, more and more free time got devoted to these sedentary “activities,” and coupled with sub-par eating habits, kids are doing anything but getting in shape. Adults may be guilty of the same thing! But not every latest gadget restricts any sort of workout to one’s index finger. Newsweek reports on some innovative alternatives—let’s see what they’ve got:
 
* The Wii Fit was one of the first to show the crossover from gaming to exercise, and it still remains popular, along with Dance Dance Revolution. Now, Nintendo DS allows you to hook up a pedometer to the system and get access to diet tips and health trivia.
* If you’re more of a computer person, FitBit will allow you to keep on top of your fitness regimen online. There will be a community function in addition that will allow you to connect with your family and friends if you want to get in shape together (virtually anyway!).
* Expresso Fitness brings a little more excitement to sometimes monotonous stationary-biking, in the form of TV screens that incorporate a video game aspect to your pedaling. In addition, workout info can be uploaded to the internet and you can track your progress.
 
Have you tried any of the above? If not, can you see yourself getting more motivated if there were more entertainment involved in your workout?

Posted: 10/22/08
LMAYO9

I am dying to get wii fit. I got wii sport a little while ago and that's enough to get the blood pumping, especially the boxing game. i am exhausted when i play that thing.

  • By LMAYO9
  • on 10/23/08 2:01 PM EST
LauraLee311

I haven't tried any of these, but FitBit is really intriguing to me. I use the Nike runner's pedometer that goes with my iPod Nano, and it tracks all my runs, and I can upload to the Nike web site. Unfortunately, I find the pedometer to be unreliable. Most of the time, I have to take what I run and the calories and double it. If I stop for any reason, that totally throws the calculations off. With the FitBit, I like being able to track my stuff online as well as get my family and friends involved.