• Tue, Feb 4 - 8:00 am ET

I’d Be Totally Into ‘Exergaming’ If I Didn’t Feel So Stupid Doing It

140343346-2Show of hands here. How many of you are using your video game system to work out? I have tried it on occasion, but watching my little virtual me flail around has always been totally discouraging. My virtual me is even more uncoordinated by my real me. But according to The Daily Mail, “exergaming” is a surefire way for women to exercise and get healthy at home without trading through the freezing cold to get to the gym.

Eight new mothers used a Wii Fit console to mimic the movements of activities including jogging, yoga, skate boarding and hula hooping for 45 minutes three or four times a week.

At the start of the study, they were around 18lb heavier than before giving birth.

After three months of exercising at home, they had shed more than half of this, taking them close to their pre-pregnancy weight.

The amount of body fat fell by up to 28 per cent, hips, waists and bust shrunk and the average women dropped from being borderline overweight to being comfortably within the normal weight zone.

This only works if you can tear the video game console away from your husband and kids. I know a lot of people swear by doing Zumba with their video game systems or using the Wii Fit balance board, but I just have never been able to get into it. Dancing games can be fun, and it’s hilarious watching your kids bust a move to Mc Hammer, but I have never done it on a consistant basis for long enough to feel like it is my exercise routine. I know there have to be moms out there who use their Xbox and their living room as their gym, I just don’t know any of them.

If this weather keeps up, I may need to try again because if there is anything I hate more than exercising, it’s exercising in the cold. This is where all of you moms out there who actually do EXERGAME tell me all about how great it is and what your favorite games and fitness programs available on your gaming system are so I get super into this. Unless, of course, like most people you are using it just to play The Last Of Us and as a DVD player.

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  • Kay_Sue

    My virtual me would discourage me from using it for exercise too. At least when I am flailing around at Just Dance on my Kinect, I can laugh at myself, lol.

    On the flip side, if you play it enough, it really does kick your ass a bit. If I could overcome that urge to laugh, maybe it would be worth a try.

  • Bethany Ramos

    I used the Kinect for a long time and did Bollywood dancing and fun stuff, but since I would rather watch my 100s of shows on DVR, I just do exercises from an app on my phone whilst I watch Grey’s Anatomy.

    • Kay_Sue

      Oooo, that would be an excellent way to multitask while binge-watching my Xena marathons on Netflix. ;)

    • Bethany Ramos

      Yes, it’s the only way I keep up with my Dr. Phil!

    • Robotic Arms Dealer

      THIS is why you should have two TV’s side by side in your living room

    • Bethany Ramos

      Don’t tempt me!!

  • http://www.ambiencechaser.com/ Elizabeth Licata

    I had friends who used Dance Dance Revolution for exercise and lost hundreds of pounds. I never managed to get to the levels where it actually made you move quickly enough for it to count as exercise.

  • Harriet Meadow

    I used to play Dance Dance Revolution quite a lot. Then the dance pad stopped working and I was too lazy to get another one.

  • Tinyfaeri

    I used to use the Wii Fit when I was in a temp living situation with not a lot of space, but it’s clunky and time-consuming to switch between exercises, even with the automated “choose your workout” option in the newer version there’s a lot of down-time. Then I found Insanity and the much more reasonable Focus T25 – 30 minutes a day, and no wobbly you telling you that gosh, you’re really unbalanced on the right or asking if perhaps your lack of weight loss is due to you eating too fast. And you can use your Wii to play it! :)

  • pixie

    I used to play DDR and use my wii fit quite a bit (and yeah, I felt a little silly sometimes, especially when I failed and it made the most pitiful noise and my little person looked very upset. Also, the DDR game would mock me…) but now I don’t have enough space in my living room so I do the trek up to the gym. Which is in a mall like 5 mins away from where I live, so it’s not that bad. At least I can look at all the nifty stuff on my way there and wish I had money to buy the stuff.

  • Rachel Sea

    I love the Wii Fit with the balance board. I’ve been in physical therapy on and off for nearly a decade, and no one has been able to find exercises to stop me favoring my left leg. The balance board forces me to bear weight on both legs, and has been teaching me what it feels like to center my balance. The cardio kicks my ass, especially the hoola hoop, and it’s making my joints feel better to move in ways that they don’t normally. It is goofy looking, but I don’t expect an animated figure constructed from basic shapes to be graceful.

    If only I could wrest control of the tv from my PS3 addicted wife, I could get in shape.

  • keelhaulrose

    I use my console for exercise. It lets me exercise without worrying about people watching me, which is why I was never really comfortable at the gym.
    The Wii has a Biggest Loser game that doesn’t require the pad, so I don’t feel so bad about seeing my weight on screen, either, but I do like the Wii fit, too.

  • cabinfever

    The Michael Jackson Experience is my cardio this winter, and I love it.

    We have a more “serious” workout program (EA Sports Active, with motion sensors and heart rate monitor), after reading this, I think I’ll pull it back out.

  • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

    I love the dance games, but can only play at a friend’s house because I have no room in my apartment :(

  • Kheldarson

    DDR is awesomeness incarnate. I love the Extreme line (on the PS2). Wii Fit is also fun. But hubs and I are currently using Fit in Six on the PS3. It has a nice variety of exercise programs that range from short to long.