The Best Xbox Games for Losing Weight
If you’re anything like me, you like the sound of losing weight but the idea of going to the gym fills you with a feeling of dread. All the gyms that I have ever been to are full of muscular, toned, athletic people who probably don’t want to see my fat bulges wobbling around on an elliptical whilst I pant trying to catch my breath. Owning an Xbox and a Kinect, I’ve bought a fair few fitness games in my time, and put them to the test. Here are my favourites, in no particular order.
The Dance Central Franchise
This is by far the best franchise I have bought in the fitness arena. There are currently four games available: Dance Central 1, 2 and 3 for the Xbox 360 and Dance Central Spotlight for the Xbox One. All of them are brilliant! In fact, they’re so much fun to play that you often forget you’re exercising at all – and that’s what I like.
The games for the 360 all come with a wide catalogue of songs for you to play in easy, medium, and hard mode. And you can set up your own playlists and also follow the story mode if you like. On Dance Central Spotlight, you’re provided with a base 10 songs, and then can download any others you wish from the catalogue. Rehearsal mode can be utilised to learn each move step by step, or you can jump in and just start dancing. You can burn an average of 40 calories per song, and I’d strongly suggest this franchise to anyone.
The Kinect Sports Franchise
Another fantastic franchise, Kinect Sports 1 and 2 are available for the Xbox 360 and Kinect Sports Rivals is available for the Xbox One. If you want my advice, I’d ignore the Xbox One offering and stick to the 360 games. Here you can play all manner of games from tennis and volleyball to football and track & field. Whilst you won’t burn as many calories as you would on the Dance Central games, these fitness games are ideal for playing with friends and family, and the challenge modes are interesting too. Kinect Sports Rivals isn’t as good as Kinect Sports 1 or 2, and I’ve found it quite glitchy to play.
The Just Dance Franchise
The Just Dance franchise contains includes a whopping 7 games for the Xbox One and 360. Similar to the Dance Central franchise in its style, I find this to be much more fun to play with friends as opposed to dancing on your own, purely because it’s more about fun than fitness. The games do have a workout option but it’s not as intense as the workouts in Dance Central, and has been designed for multiplayer as opposed to single. That said, the price of the older games in this franchise is pretty cheap now, making them a top choice for anyone who wants to give a dance game a try.
The Biggest Loser
If you’ve ever watched The Biggest Loser on TV and thought “I could lose weight if I had Jillian Michaels busting my ass”, well now you can. The exercises in this game are varied, and are designed to get you up and moving. Whether you want to do circuit training, box fit, or yoga, you have plenty of choice and you can alter your exercise program at any time. The best thing about this game is you can set up an exercise program that spans over weeks or months. You can then track your progress to see how you are improving. It’s not as fun as the games described above, but if you want to lose weight in a more traditional way, The Biggest Loser for the Xbox 360 is a good choice.
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved contains everything you could possibly need from an exercise plan. There are a variety of events to choose from including boxing, boot camp, dancing, and floor exercises, and you can also choose which parts of your body to work on. The personal trainer in the game is motivating and will encourage you to keep going even when you’re struggling for breath, however if you’re anything like me, that’s what you need. The feedback system is also detailed to help you improve. With hundreds of exercises, mini games, practices, and downloadable content, you won’t get bored with this game, which is again for the Xbox 360.
Zumba Fitness Rush
A fantastic game for weight loss, Zumba Fitness Rush will get you up and dancing, and working your full body. It’s also a lot of fun, so like the Dance Central games you’ll forget you’re actually working out half the time. A high energy workout, you’ll notice some classic dance songs on this game, but you can tailor your workouts to certain styles of dance if you wish. The Kinect will track your movements through the game, and help you to get back on track if you start flailing. You will need a lot of floor space though, as this game will have you moving around a lot! Again, this game is available for the Xbox 360.
Finally, we’ll finish with a game for the Xbox One – seeing as there aren’t many on this list! Shape Up is a workout game that is centred around having fun whilst exercising. If you’re bored of the traditional workout routines, this game will have you reaching for asteroids and doing short challenges to get your heart rate up and your motivation level buzzing. It’s a lot more fun than the other traditional workout games on this list, and it can also be played in local multiplayer if you want to embark on a fitness regime with a friend or family member.
If you are looking for a fun way to improve your fitness and lose weight at the same time, you can’t go wrong with the games described above. And, with many of these being quite old games now, you should be able to purchase them at good prices. Have you played any fitness games? Let us know what you’d recommend in the comments.
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