No Pain, No Game
Turn the kids’ video games into a workout
Now that the holidays are over and the gifts are unwrapped, it's time for New Year's resolutions. If you gave the kids (or husband) a video game console, you can take advantage of it with these fitness-focused games.
The new Kinect for Xbox 360 outshines its predecessors by tracking movements with a camera (versus controllers or mat), so you're free to move however and wherever you want. This comes in handy when playing Dance Central ($40), from the company behind the Rock Band franchise, which gets you sweating--and recording calories burned--to choreographed dance routines and popular songs.
Though PlayStation 3 with Move records motion via hand-held wand, this won't slow you down when working out with Zumba Fitness ($40). Simply clip your controller to a special belt and follow virtual instructors through 30 challenging routines and nine dance styles, including hip-hop, salsa and calypso. (Also available on Kinect for Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.)
For Nintendo Wii (which also uses a wireless controller) we like personal training game EA Sports Active 2 ($100). Heart-rate monitors and motion-tracking wires help perfect your form in weight training, races and agility drills. (Also available on Xbox 360 and Playstation3, and soon for iPhone and iPod Touch.)