Get up Offa That Thing! (And get Moving with Xbox 360 + Kinect)

I had been doing well, exercising daily, eating right and losing weight. Then I went home to Chicago and ate. And ate. And ate some more. When I returned to Florida, my leg was riddled with blood clots, making walking very painful. Then I got a pulmonary embolism which made breathing difficult. Then school started up again and I was busy working and taking my kids to football and cheer practice every evening. As you might imagine, I’ve gained weight and am having a hard time finding a way to fit exercise back in my schedule.

When school resumes after winter break, a bunch of faculty and staff are starting a Biggest Loser competition. I don’t especially like exercising, but I do like winning and I think this little competition will be just the kick I need to get back into the workout groove. And I have a plan. Forget the boring workouts! With my Xbox 360 + Kinect, I have so much fun I don’t even realize I’m exercising! Playing Xbox games is the best way to work out because:

1.  It’s less expensive than joining a gym.

2.  You don’t have to make time to drive to a gym in traffic. It takes much less time to walk to your family room, basement, bedroom, or wherever you have the Xbox 360 set up.

3.  You don’t have to exercise next to Ms. Sally Perfect with the size 2 butt who makes you feel like an uncoordinated cow.

Seriously, learn from my mistakes. You don’t want to have an experience like the time I learned that Bikram yoga is the devil.  Working out in the privacy of your own home is SO MUCH BETTER than exercising with Satan, the sadist instructor and Ms. Sally Perfect.

Here are some awesome video games that are totally FUN! (Shhh, they’re really workout games, but don’t tell anyone.)

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  • KINECT SPORTS Season 2 1 of 10
    KINECT SPORTS Season 2
    This game includes tennis, golf, football, baseball, skiing and darts. Play by yourself or with your family. This one gets you up and moving while having fun. Great for all ages!
  • KINECT SPORTS 2 of 10
    KINECT SPORTS
    You can find this game a little cheaper than the Season 2 game because it's been out longer, but it's just as fun. This one features soccer, beach volleyball, bowling, table tennis, track and field, and boxing. Using the Kinect technology to take pictures of you while you play makes for hilarious fun!
  • MOTIONSPORTS: Adrenaline 3 of 10
    MOTIONSPORTS: Adrenaline
    If golf and bowling are a little too sedate for you, try this game! It includes adrenaline-pounding activities like like wingsuit proximity flying, kiteboarding, whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, free fall skydiving, ETRM skiing, jungle parkour and more. We don't have this game, but I can only imagine what my kids would do with the parkour!
  • EA SPORTS ACTIVE 2 4 of 10
    EA SPORTS ACTIVE 2
    You can customize a workout by including exercises like squats, lunges, bicep curls and more. Wear the included monitor and track your heart rate on the screen. With Xbox's Kinect technology, you don't need a controller to watch the screen mirror your every move.
  • YOUR SHAPE FITNESS EVOLVED 2012 5 of 10
    YOUR SHAPE FITNESS EVOLVED 2012
    With over 90 hours of activities, including boot camp, boxing, jumping rope and dance classes, you can create a customized workout that suits you. It'll even track your movements and tell you when you aren't in the right position for the exercise you're doing. It's like having your own personal trainer!
  • DANCE CENTRAL 3 6 of 10
    DANCE CENTRAL 3
    This is such a FUN way to work out! With 40 lively tracks, you can't help but get up and dance! Music from Dance Central and Dance Central 2 can be imported and additional tunes can be purchased and downloaded so it never gets old.
  • ZUMBA FITNESS RUSH 7 of 10
    ZUMBA FITNESS RUSH
    I'm far too uncoordinated to handle Zumba, but everyone else I know loves it. This game has 42 tracks and 24 different dance styles like merengue and cumbia to new additions that include bollywood, ragga, bachata, latin pop, quebradita and more.
  • NIKE + KINECT TRAINING 8 of 10
    NIKE + KINECT TRAINING
    Get fit with the help of Nike trainers and Nike sport science. Get your strength, endurance and overall fitness assessed every 4 weeks to show your progress over time.
  • YOURSELF FITNESS 9 of 10
    YOURSELF FITNESS
    This game not only lets you exercise, but relaxes your mind as well. Choose workout settings such as the Empress' dojo, the alpine retreat, an island paradise, a meditation garden and more. Strengthen your core with yoga, pilates, cardio fitness, strength training and more. And find over 4,500 recipes and shopping lists to make eating healthy a breeze!
  • KINECT RUSH: A DISNEY PIXAR ADVENTURE 10 of 10
    KINECT RUSH: A DISNEY PIXAR ADVENTURE
    Use Kinect scan to become a unique character and play games, solves puzzles, and get moving as you play in fun, immersive worlds like Toy Story, Ratatouille, Up, The Incredibles, and Cars. This one is great for the whole family to have fun together while getting off that couch and moving!

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