I leaned back into the couch cushions, opened one blurry eye, and said, “What are you doing?” My husband, Kristien, was standing in tree pose, leaning to his right. “I’m getting ready to work out,” he replied.
“Hmph. I doubt it.” I stretched out on the couch and fumbled for the remote. “What do you want to watch?”
But Kristien was serious. He was going to work out in the TV room. At this point, my brother-in-law came into the room. Nick looked just as skeptical as I probably did – but then Kristien turned on the Xbox 360 + Kinect and fired up Your Shape. I never ended up peeling myself off the couch, but Kristien did eventually convince Nick to join in the fun, and they both really liked the game. And I had loads of fun talking to them while they played!
Here’s Kristien’s review:
“What I like most about working out with the Kinect is that I can do it from my home. I’ve done the Your Shape program a few times, usually while the baby is napping or while he plays under his jungle gym near my feet. The first time I used the program, I set up my workout goals: I want to tone and add muscle; my plan requires me to workout three times a week. Then, based on these goals, I select a variety of ‘games’ that are really floor exercise. One exercise was Wall Breaker. Using the Kinect device, the game would track my movements as I punched and kicked away blocks on the screen. At first, I seriously doubted that I could work up a sweat using a video game, but I was not only sweaty by the end, I was sore the next day.
“The game really appeals to me because it makes my workouts a competition. When I play against my brother, we can work out for the highest score; we used to go to the gym together a lot, but that’s harder now that the baby is here, so working out together at home is great. But even working out alone is a competition against myself because I can strive to beat my old high scores.
“I haven’t tried the dance classes yet, because if we are going to use the Kinect for dancing, we really love Dance Central. Caitlin – who I haven’t convinced yet to try the Your Shape! – really loves the new Dance Central 3, so we play that a lot together. While I like that Your Shape seems like a workout, I think Caitlin enjoys playing Dance Central with me because it doesn’t feel like true exercise and is more like quality time together.
“Ultimately, I would recommend Your Shape for anyone who struggles to get to the gym and is looking for at-home motivation. It’s also great for people like me; a really busy schedule means convenience is key.”
Read more from CaitlinHTP on her blog, Healthy Tipping Point.