Play Games and Get in Shape
Posted on January 3, 2005
If fitness is one of your new year's resolutions and you also like playing video games you may be in luck. The Baltimore Sun reports (link no longer available) that some recently released games combine workouts with game technology. A recent release from Yourself!Fitness features Maya, a computer-generated instructor that will coach you through over 500 unique exercises integrating popular fitness equipment. Yourself!Fitness is available on the Xbox and PC and will be out for the PS2 in February.
Another fitness software package for the PC, called Wild Divine, combines ancient breathing and meditation with modern biofeedback technology. The Baltimore Sun also mentions a PlayStation game called Dance Dance Revolution that lets you get a workout as you learn to dance. These types of games might be able to find an audience if they can add a little interactivity and positive feedback to exercise tapes and DVDs that can get boring after constant use.