Games aren’t just for kids, and most adults could use a little more fun in their lives. As you shop for your kids this holiday season, be on the lookout for fitness-related games that you can enjoy, too. Check out our top 9 picks for health and fitness games.
Tech-free workout games
Take a break from the techie gadgets and screens for a night and enjoy more traditional games that will get you and your family up on your feet.
Work on stretching, cardio and strength while playing this fun four-person board game. With more than 100 exercise cards to get you up on your feet, you and your kids will never get bored.
While this game doesn’t require you to get up and get moving, it’s an excellent way to learn and get excited about cycling. Best of all, it’s customizable to your level of biking knowledge, so the whole family can play along and have fun.
YayLabs! Ice Cream Ball, $30-$40
Ever want to have your cake and eat it too? WIth the YayLabs! Ice Cream Ball, you can get active with your family, all while making ice cream! Simply pack the colorful ball with the proper ingredients, then toss and roll the ball around for 20 minutes. After your quick workout, simply scoop out your fresh made ice cream and enjoy. Choose between a pint or a quart version.
A winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio’s Platinum Best Toy Award, this active game is both simple and fun. All you do is spin the spinner, choose a card, and perform the yoga pose displayed on the card. The first player to collect a card of each color wins! While it’s geared to kids ages 6 and up, it’s perfect for the whole family.
Techie workout games
With the advent of active video games, there’s no reason you have to turn the consoles off to fit in a workout. Jasmine Henry, the Head Editor of gaming site J Station X, suggests the following active games for the hottest gaming systems this season.
Kinect Sports Rivals, $60
“A launch title on Microsoft’s new console, the Xbox One, Kinect Sports Rivals is probably the best sports gaming experience available right now. It gives you a world of sports, including soccer, climbing and tennis and the chance to take on other people, all from the warm and cozy comfort of your living room.”
Sports Champions, $10 for the download
“Not wanting to shell out for a new console this holiday season? Sports Champions on PS3 uses the PlayStation Move controllers to let you work up a sweat in table tennis, beach volleyball and several other events to get your muscles working.”
Xbox Fitness, free with Xbox Live Gold Membership
“Also on the Xbox One is the Xbox Fitness app, giving those who use it a chance to get fit with the help of Jillian Michaels and other fitness experts with none of the cost and far less the effort.”
The Xbox Live Gold Membership is $60 for a 12-month subscription for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
If you’re more of a dance class enthusiast than a sports gamer, pick up the latest Zumba Fitness World Party ($40-$50) available on Kinect, Xbox One, Wii and Wii U. With dance styles ranging from Irish Step to Hip Hop and hot music from Lady Gaga and Pitbull, you’ll be having so much fun you won’t even realize you’re working up a sweat. If you want a game that’s fit for the whole family, pick up Zumba Kids ($30) on Wii or Kinect for Xbox 360. In addition to hits from Justin Bieber and Willow Smith, there are mini games throughout the workout to keep your kids engaged.