Looking to buy a gaming system to help you get fit while having fun? While the options on the market may seem overwhelming, two options stand out above the rest: the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox36o. As with any options, there are pros and cons for both, but these facts may help you see what is best for you and your family.
It’s amazing what technology can do these days, and the Nintendo Wii definitely does not fall short. Your fitness options when it comes to the Wii are packaged under the Wii Fit expansion software. Wii Fit combines fun and fitness into one product while preserving your wallet. In addition to whatever games you may want to try, your purchase of the Wii Fit software comes with a balance board that takes the place of controllers in order to recognize the players’ movement. The Wii Fit software and balance board come in under $100 not including the basic Wii gaming system. According to www.nintendo.com, the board “interprets the movement of your feet and brings your motions to life,” and is “an incredibly accurate control scheme” while sensing your weight and balance.
Something unique to the Nintendo Wii is that you can chart your progress every time you exercise with the software. This system is great for people who want to set goals and chart their progress. If yoga, strength training, aerobics, and balance skills all seemed out-of-reach, now you can have them all in the convenience of your living room. And if the Wii Fit wasn’t cool enough already, you also have the ability to input what foods you eat, what activities you do outside of the Wii, and it calculates your calories consumed and burned. Keeping track of your health and fitness has never been easier!
Another console that may not be as well known as the Wii is the Xbox360. The fitness and movement software used with this console is called the Kinect. While coming in at about $400 for the Xbox system AND the Kinect, this product uses much more advanced technology and contains a hard drive which has up to 4GB of memory. The Kinect for Xbox360 is completely controller free and prides itself on letting players just play; allowing you to follow your natural body movements to play games. Just standing in front of the Xbox allows it to recognize you and you’re granted the ability to jump in and out of games easily. In addition to recognizing faces and bodies, it can also recognize voices which allows control of your software by just saying commands!
While the Xbox may seem intimidating for those who are not hardcore “gamers,” this should not drive you to exclude it from your options. There are games for the whole family that encourage you to use full-body movement, and after watching someone play for a few minutes, you’ll certainly want to get up and join. The Xbox360 also has the capacity to play HD movies, sports games, and hundreds of music channels as well as parental controls.
There are endless options of games you can play on either system, and overall, both offer essentially the same types of games. You can find everything from The Biggest Loser, to UFC Personal Trainer, to Zumba Fitness, to all kinds of sports games and tons of other options! The point is to get off the couch and do something that builds relationships and gets you moving and burning calories. The best part about these cool tools is that they make fitness fun!