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Xbox: So Much Better Than My Treadmill

I’ve never owned a video game. I’ve actually been against having video games in our house for a long time…..but I caved recently. The reason? I wanted a fun way to exercise….and a way that I could involve the whole family. I am on a mission to get back into shape after finally getting my health back. We recently borrowed a treadmill to see if I would actually use it and sadly it has only been used a few times. The Xbox has become the new exercise tool in our house. Hello Xbox….bye bye treadmill.

Using the Xbox 360 + Kinect we don’t use the controllers because the Kinect uses your body as the controller…..which means you’ll be moving around. My 5-year-old picked it up immediately.  She had a little trouble in the beginning staying out of my personal space and in her own space but a little strip of masking tape was all we needed and now we don’t even need that anymore:

We haven’t even touched the surface of all the possibilities yet but so far my daughter loves the Kinect Adventures.…she loves  trying to beat me through the obstacle courses:

 

And guess what? It’s a lot of physical work…..but you don’t realize you are doing it.  That’s my kind of exercise:

I guess I always thought that video games involved vegging out on the couch and that wasn’t going to be okay in this house.  Personally, I’m loving the Dance Central series. I’m not the world’s greatest dancer and I think I’m picking up some skills.  My daughter loves the dancing too but I think she likes watching me try to perfect my hip hop even more.  I’m burning off the calories and entertaining her at the same time…..

 

 

 

 

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