Forget you’re working out with these 10 exercise video games


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Video games aren’t just for exercising your thumbs anymore. In fact, with motion gaming taking the video game industry by storm, there are now a bunch of games capable of giving players a full workout while still remaining entertaining and fun.

So move all of the furniture away from the TV! Here are the top 10 best exercise video games to get you fit:


1. Wii Fit (2007)

Consoles: Nintendo Wii

The first major installment in the fitness genre of video games, the Wii Fit utilized the Nintendo Wii’s motion gaming capabilities as well as an electronic balance board to help gamers achieve fitness goals through a series of exercises, races and mini games. The balance board not only allows you to play games, it also calculates your weight and body mass index.


2. Kinect Sports (2010)

Consoles: Xbox 360

To show off their new motion-capturing camera feature, Xbox introduced Kinect Sports, with which users can play table tennis, box, run track and field and more without a controller or remote.


3. Zumba Fitness (2012-2013)

Consoles: Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

Zumba fitness is a series of games that helps you achieve a higher level of fitness through the ab-burning movements of Zumba. The game features video of Zumba creator Beto Pérez and can teach players a variety of dancing styles from Brazilian Funk to Celtic Bluegrass. Its online capabilities allow users to compete against their friends and post their progress to their Facebook pages.


4. Just Dance (2009-2014)

Consoles: Nintendo Wii, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3

A bit less intense than its Zumba-focused counterpart, the Just Dance series teaches players how to dance to a wide range of contemporary hits by artists like Katy Perry, Rihanna and Lady Gaga. The game displays an avatar performing the dance and scrolls through pictures of the upcoming movements for you to follow along as the song plays.


5. Dance Dance Revolution (1998-2008)

Consoles: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, & PC

One could definitely argue that Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) was the first video game of the fitness genre. DDR gained popularity in arcades all across America and was quickly modified so that lovers of the game could set up mats in their rooms and play at home on their video game consoles. The object of the game: Users step on the arrows to the beat of the music as they scroll from the bottom of the screen to the top.


6. UFC Personal Trainer (2011)

Consoles: Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

UFC Personal Trainer works users through more than 70 MMA- and NASM-approved exercises, including moves derived from wrestling, kickboxing and Muay Thai.


7. Walk it Out (2010)

Consoles: Nintendo Wii

Ideal for the fitness beginner, Walk it Out leads users through peaceful nature walks as they stretch their arms out to grab capsules that can be used to unlock additional paths and keep the gamer engaged as they walk.


8. Your Shape Fitness Evolved (2010)

Consoles: Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360

Containing workouts developed in partnership with Men’s Health and Women’s Health Magazine, Your Shape Fitness focuses on resistance training and monitors your form during workouts.


9. My Fitness Coach 2: Exercise and Nutrition (2010)

Consoles: Nintendo Wii

My Fitness Coach 2 doesn’t just provide you with over 80 different exercises, it will also help construct healthy meals for you outside of the game.


10. New U Mind Body Yoga and Pilates Workout (2012)

Consoles: Nintendo Wii

Widely considered the best yoga game out to date, New U Mind Body Yoga and Pilates Workout teaches you proper yoga form and terminology, while also offering a mode for meditation.