Confession: I love playing video games — I especially love them on the Wii because I get to move, jump, and shake myself into a tizzy. Three fitness games were released for the Wii this last week and even though it's not like doing the real deal outside, the games are a fun way to burn calories and whip your bod into shape.
Nintendo Wii Fit Plus ($20) Wii Fit Plus is Nintendo's follow-up to the popular Wii Fit. There are new exercises, balance board games, and strength and yoga activities, as well as targeted exercise routines for things like reducing tummy fat and toning your figure. A great improvement is the addition of a calorie counter — after you complete each exercise the game tells you how many calories you've burned.
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The Biggest Loser ($40) If you've ever wanted to be a contestant on the hit reality show The Biggest Loser, the game is a good second place option. Using the balance board you'll compete against former real-life contestants in 4-, 8-, or 12-week programs focusing on upper and lower body, core, cardio, and yoga. And just like in the show, there are weekly challenges, weigh-ins, and eliminations. Included with the game are 50 healthy recipes and a series of exercises to do outside of the challenge.
Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010 ($37) Consider this the closest you'll get to having Jillian Michaels in your home. In the game Michaels acts as your own personal trainer leading you through premade or custom workout routines that utilize the 17 exercises handpicked by the trainer herself. An on-screen meter monitors your progress and if you miss a beat, Michaels will "gently" get you back on track.
Which game do you want to play first?