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Breakin' a Sweat with Xbox + Kinect

I am not a fan of indoor workouts.

I try and try and try to love workout DVDs and gym time, but quite honestly, I prefer to be outside. I’ve always been like this, but now I am even more obsessed with outdoors alone time because I have a little baby. Going for a run is my ideal workout; I get out of the house, get to listen to loud and profane rap music, and answer to no one but myself. It’s nice.

That being said, sometimes I have to workout indoors (see: wee little baby). That’s why I’m so excited to try out the workout DVDs for the Xbox 360 + Kinect. I’ve got a few pounds left to go before getting back to my pre-baby weight, and I really could use some cross-training to complement  my running regimen  so I’m thinking that this will be the perfect way to embrace the indoor workout!

Can a computer game console help you sweat? 

Here are the games that I’ll be trying out — or sweating to!

  • Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012:  This game tailors your virtual workout experience by fitness level, muscle group, and activity, including Boot Camp, Cardio Boxing, Jump Rope, and Yoga.  There are also loads of dance classes, including high-energy styles like Latin, Hip-hop, African  and Bollywood.  You can even sync the game up to the Your Shape Center to share your workouts with friends and the online community.

  • Zumba Fitness Rush:  Zumba is one of the hottest workouts around, and Zumba Fitness Rush includes 42 routines to help get you into shape.  Dance styles offered include the classic Zumba  staples of Merengue and Cumbia, as well as Bollywood, Ragga, Bachata, Latin Pop and Quebradita. You can dance all by yourself or with a friend.  The classes include short and long options (ranging from 20 60 minutes), and you can even create your own Zumba workout.

  • Dance Central 3: Dance Central 3 includes 45 dance routines set to chart-topping hits of yesterday and today.  You can groove to disco tunes from the 1970s as well as club-thumpers from 2012.  The new multiplayer mode lets up to 8 people dance at once perfect for parties!

  • Kinect Sports: Kinect Sports is a great game for everyone in the family.  Play in a virtual stadium and tackle games like bowling, soccer, track-and-field, beach volleyball, table tennis, and boxing.  You can play alone, with a team, or against a friend.

I’ll be sure to do reviews on each of these Xbox 360 + Kinect games!  I’m especially excited to try the Zumba game because I’m too self-conscious of my dance moves to attend a real-life Zumba class.

Thanks to Xbox for sponsoring this campaign. Visit xbox.com to learn more. Click here to see more of the discussion.

Read more from CaitlinHTP on her blog, Healthy Tipping Point.

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