Americans are always trying to find the best and sometimes easiest ways to work out without going to the gym. One of the more recent trends is using your game console, whether it’s Xbox 360, Wii, or PS3 etc., you can now exercise using video games. Nintendo’s Wii Fit, EA Canada’s Sports Active, Ubisoft’s Your Shape Fitness Evolved, and The Biggest Loser’s Ultimate Workout are just a few examples of exercise games. I personally have never used any sort of exercise game due to my mixed feelings-whether they actually do help with weight loss/staying in shape or it’s just a gimmick.
I think that a person can lose the weight, but they have to be determined in order for it to actually work. I assume that people who have found results change their eating habits as well to increase the weight loss because a person can’t simply lose weight with exercise alone. Maybe in the beginning of their journey but then the body gets used to the weight causing it to plateau. But with the help of good eating habits they can continue their journey. I wanted to know if there were any true and honest answers from consumers, so I turned to the good old Internet for help.
Wii Fit is one of the most popular exercise video games since its release in May 2008. It comes with game a balance board that helps to track your weight while you exercise performing one of the activities such as yoga or even running.While searching for some answers I came across an article from 2009 on Forbs.com, The Truth About Wii Fit and Weight Loss by Bonnie Ruberg. She too was searching for an answer. In her article she uses the opinion of managing editor of the gaming blog, Kotaku, Brian Crecente and University of Mississippi’s professor of exercise science, Scott Owens. She uses their input to let her audience decide if it is worth buying the game or passing on it.
Brain Crecente believes Wii Fit is just another fad that will die out. He claims to not know many people who have bought the game and use it routinely. Crecente is suggesting that in order for a person to see results is to dedication themselves and real physical effort. However, Wii Fit creator Shigeru Miyamoto stated the purpose of the game wasn’t really about people losing weight but more about it expanding the market of video games. After only reading far into the article, it really influenced me to lean towards not investing in any exercise games at all. It gave me the feeling that if I do buy it and nothing happens, my hopes of it help keeping me in shape are crushed.
Owens performed a six-month study to give a Wii Fit to a family would increase their physical fitness. He let the family use it for three months then took it away for three months. The results came in and he note there weren’t significant changes. The time playing the game went from an average of twenty-two minutes in the beginning of the study down to an average of four minutes the last couple of weeks. I thought after reading the article and the results that my mind was made up to not buy the game, unfortunately it wasn’t. According to some readers of the article, recently from 2011, overall enjoy Wii Fit claiming to have lost weight or know of someone who lost the weight. I did notice they say in order for you to see results you have to stick with it and really work at it. Once again I was confused.
I continued my search and found Game Informer’s website with an article review on EA Sports Active 2, developed by EA Canada. The Kinect comes as a bundle, is controller-free and includes a hear monitor that displays heart rate levels on screen during the workout. The pros of the game are having two programs starting from lower to higher intensity: a three-week cardio program to build stamina and a nine-week full-body conditioning. The player competes a wide range of events from a foot race to protecting a soccer goal, and much more. The player’s stats of calories burned and total workout time are also included at the end of each workout.
The cons are having spotty detection allowing players to cheat by standing still, which might seem fun to cheat but it won’t help lose the weight. There are a few technical problems such as lagging in jumping during the bike sequence, missed verbal cues from the trainer, and if the player moves faster than the avatar it won’t be able to keep up. Aside from those glitches the game over all seemed to be a better option if one is looking for a high intense exercise game.
Finally my mind was made up. I think some of these exercise games are a good thing; it just depends on the person who uses them. If the person is determined to use the game, lose weight, and change their diet then these exercise games could work. As for me, I might buy one in the future.