Sometimes the weather outside just doesn’t seem to cooperate with our outdoor exercise plans, whether it’s walking, skiing, snowboarding, or other fitness activities or sports, regardless of the time of year. Mediocre winter weather can take a particularly heavy toll on those outdoor plans. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice quality exercise … it can even be rather fun. There are a number of video games that not only undo the ‘couch potato’ syndrome by burning calories and encouraging yoga stretching, balance and other healthy ‘best practices’ … they also can be downright fun, too! Try a mix of individual fitness/workout programs and active (off the sofa and onto the floor) multi-player games. These links are not necessarily endorsements for the products listed, of course. Find indoor alternatives that fit your budget, schedule, floor plan and lifestyle.
You didn’t really want to drive to the gym in that blizzard anyway, right? 🙂
Here are some possible games/systems (and links with more details) that might be helpful:
- The Best Wii Exercise Games: Nintendo Wii offers a wide variety of get-your-bod-moving individual and group exercise games and programs; including, but not limited to: running, cycling, boxing, tennis, golf, bowling, archery, zumba, yoga, dance, hula hoops, skateboarding, segway, juggling, flying, upper/lower body coordination, obstacle course, balancing on a ball floating on the water, and more. Here’s a related Review of Wii Fit Plus with example videos.
- Here is a quick gallery site with Nintendo’s Wii titles, plus 2 more systems: 12 Fun Fitness Video Games That Work; including Kinect (Xbox 360), and Sony PlayStation 3; both with several titles covering a range of fitness and exercise activities that get the circulation going and heart rate up.
- For more info, here’s an article entitled “Want to Use the Wii to Get in Shape? Here Are Your Best Bets!“
Some titles and systems do better at delivering engaging indoor exercise and fitness opportunities than others, and your mileage (pun intended) may vary, so do a bit of research, comparison shopping, perhaps check places like Craigslist for good deals on second-hand gear, and find what works for you. Then develop a regimen you enjoy and can stick with. You’ll save on gas and vehicle maintenance, too, compared with driving to a gym, although having access to both can be the ‘best of both worlds’ in many cases.
Don’t let lousy weather get you down; get up off the couch instead, get moving and enjoy yourself in the process. 🙂