Video games have dominated the market and lured us in with their lifelike graphics and compelling story lines. This ever-changing technology has the ability to immerse us in a fantasy world that makes us practically forget about actual reality. Video games often get a bad rap because of their ability to turn any normal, active adult or child into a professional couch potato.
Not all games are created equal, however. There are some video games that will get you up and moving and even breaking a sweat by the time you are done. Let’s take a look at the benefits of these games and how you can incorporate them in your daily fitness plan.
Active video games such as Wii Fit, Zumba, and Just Dance will get your blood pumping and your heart racing. You will find that your energy levels increase and you will receive the boost needed to jump-start your metabolism. In no time these games will have you sweating like you’ve just been to the gym. The level of activity is up to you. If you’re a beginner you can take it slow or really push your limits if you choose to. Schedule time to “play” a game or two before work in the morning or on your lunch break. It will be much easier to stick to a workout routine if you are having fun at the same time.
Family games nights are not reduced to sitting around a kitchen table playing monopoly anymore. Game nights have evolved into a fun, friendly competition between family members to see who has the best dance moves, who can get a strike, and who has the best tennis serve. The variety is endless so you never run out of things to do. The important thing is that you are having fun, getting some exercise, and creating a memorable evening with your family.
Video games allow you to have fun and burn calories at the same time, but there are also some added benefits to being a gamer. Studies have shown that people who play video games have better eyesight, great reflexes, and a happier disposition. You are forced to use your brain and think about the next move whether you are playing Just Dance, or Halo and the creative juices tend to flow more freely during this time. The biggest benefit to playing video games is the amount of quality time you can spend with your family all while getting fit.
Video games are no longer just for those that want to sit on the couch all day staring at a television screen. You can incorporate game time into your daily schedule to get a quick workout, or make it a family event and get everyone involved. Video games keep you mind active, your body active, and allows you to create special, fun moments with those you love – oh, and burn some calories while you’re at it.