Congratulations, by clicking on this post you’ve burned approximately 1.42 calories! Not many love exercising- it is what it is. Most of us don’t have super active jobs anymore so we need to exercise in order to maintain our health and fitness, or improve it. I won’t harp on the exponentially rising obesity rates in the United States, because we ain’t got time for that. Games are a great way to motivate us to get on the exercise ball! The combination of video games and exercise, termed as “exergaming” has steadily been on the rise since Nintendo Wii’s inception. Let’s move on, or just start moving!
Here’s a basic gamified approach to exercise that awards badges, points and also uses leader boards (BPL). You can also win rewards: swag, ie free stuff and discounts to merchandise/services. Share your results easily with friends to add to the competition game element. What’s so great about this app? If you are competitive and a high achiever, this app will get your started on your fitness journey. However, there is no storyline in Nexercise and no direct engagement while you are exercising. This app is more akin to a activity monitor with perks!
2. Fit Freeway
This app will get you racing to use the elliptical or stationary bike! Fit Freeway is an old-style arcade car racing game. Available for iOS devices, it uses the iPhone/iPad accelerometer to track your activity while you use the front facing camera to steer your speeding car. Seeing as you need to hold the phone in front of your face for this app to work properly, you’re going to lose some intensity while running/jogging. However, the faster or more intense your activity- the faster your car goes!
What’s great about this app? This is fun and sometimes that is all you need. The fun factor provides a distraction from gym boredom of staring at the wall or the TV. However, a review stated the vibration detection to determine the car’s acceleration wasn’t spot on. Fit Freeway might be left in the dust compared to the next top “fun” fitness app listed below.
1. Zombie Run
Download either Zombie Run ($3.99) available for iOS or Android. Zombies are big now, much like most of our waistlines. The premise is you are not undead, but the undead are chasing after you. While you run, you pick up ammunition and medical supplies that you need for your home base. You create your own music playlist and in between song tracks voice recordings or radio announcements are made updating you to your storyline. After your run/jog, you use supplies to build up your home base.
What’s great about this app? Run or die. The future of humans is depending on you; it’s a race for survival. It’s a severe thought, but a motivating one if you role play in this situation. In addition, this game has a creation component that allows you to create a virtual living environment as you are responsible of the success and viability of the home base/township. Psychologically speaking, this type of activity gives an user a sense of control and accomplishment. This game has 33 free missions (more if you pay for them) to allow you to level up as you play. In addition, this app easily allows you to share your workout logs with others via social media, like Facebook and Twitter. Stay alive and go get your game on!
- Want to Run a 5k: Try Zombies, Run! 5k Training. (healthehelen.wordpress.com)
- 10 Fitness Apps: Which Is Best for Your Personality? (livescience.com)
- Nexercise (jeannegaethofs.wordpress.com)
- 7 Apps You Don’t Want to Miss (mashable.com)