GAME YOUR WAY TO FITNESS
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When you picture a “gamer,” do you picture someone with a stationary way of life? Someone with their eyes glued to the screen? Someone who fixates on stuff that has little to do with reality? Or do you picture a muscle-bound dude with sexy abs? Now, imagine a scenario in where I can tell you that you can be both simultaneously.
You can be a gamer and you can be into fitness, in the event that you know how to discover the harmony between the two. They both have a lot more in common than you might think: we upgrade and level up our characters, we meet our targets and we work hard for our gains. Gaming and fitness both require you to spend time, and put effort into improving your skills further.
So, let me ask you a question: If you are not someone who gets pulled into the world of gaming, are your odds of exercising low? Or do you wish to dance, move, and fight or drive your way into well-being right in the comforts of your room? Look no further, boys. Because gaming consoles like the Kinect for Xbox 360, PlayStationMove, and a couple of others offer you the benefits of gaming and exercising at the same time! This quickly developing trend is called exergaming (short for exercise gaming) and it’s kicking the world of gaming higher up. The objective of these games is to get you off the couch and put you on the way to a sweaty workout. The question is: Do they actually work?
Let’s have a brief look at the consoles that have been told to work wonders with their games:
All these consoles have both multiplayer and single-player modes
Kinect for Xbox 360: Having games like boxing, volleyball, Kung Fu, track and field, soccer, etc., the Kinect is a hands-free console that uses a sensor to track movement which gets translated to gameplay.
PlaystationMove: Hosting a camera and a motion controller remote, this gaming console offers games like volleyball, golf, archery, dance, table tennis, kickboxing, and much more.
Nintendo Wii Fit: This console offers games like skateboarding, hula, Kung Fu, skiing, dancing, etc, the Wii Fit uses a balance board and remote, both of which translate real life movement into gameplay.
Smartphones: Exergames for smartphones like the Android and iPhone are still in development, and are yet to establish their foundation strong.
I don’t know about your opinion, but I definitely think that the above consoles clearly show us that exergaming can be a safe, fun and effective way for maintaining physical fitness! All we got to do is choose the right game for us with the right options.
Getting to the gym regularly can be a struggle, yes. But now you can get fit by the new era of motion-sensor gaming. The more effort you put in yourself, the more XP you get and the easier it is for you to succeed, in both the game and in life… All you got to do is upgrade and level up.
In GTA V, fitness is encouraged as a much-needed quality in a huge number of quests. In order to improve your character you will also need to make him/her exercise, run, cycle or swim. In case you get fitter, you also get faster and stronger and score better in the game. Other games like Sims 3 have adopted the same concept: the fitter you are, the better you are at life.
What do you think about this new trend in the field of gaming? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.