7 Video Games for Fitness and Exercise – How-To Geek
Working out isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time. Some need a little more motivation to work up a sweat, and that’s where these fitness-focused video games excel. From mobile to VR, there’s something for every platform and activity.
Get Motivated Walking with Pokémon and Pikmin
For many, getting up and moving around a bit is the first step to better fitness. Most health experts recommend around 10,000 steps per day as a goal for most people to aim for, or work up to. If you’re already doing 10,000 steps, you might want to up this target.
Games like Pokémon GO and Pikmin Bloom are both augmented reality games in which the aim is to move around. While Pokémon is more about discovering creatures in the wild and battling for gyms based on real-world landmarks, Pikmin Bloom is more about simply moving around and takes on a much more passive guise.
You should give Pokémon GO a shot if you value a more traditional video game experience where technique and competition are good motivators. Moving around the world allows you to collect items from “PokéStops” while hunting for wild Pokémon, some of which are only found at certain times of day and in different environments. The app is available for iPhone and Android users, and is free to play.
Pikmin Bloom rewards users for simply moving around outside. You grow Pikmin from seedlings, which then join you on your travels. There are mushrooms dotted around the map which you must clear using your squad of Pikmin. At the end of the day, you can check out your route, pictures you took, and collect rewards. Pikmin Bloom is also free to play on iPhone and Android.
Love Dancing? Try Just Dance or Dance Central
Dancing can be both fun and physically taxing. Though it seems like dancing video games may have had their moment sometime in the mid-2000s, there are still a few big names releasing titles that use new control methods to make the genre as accessible and exciting as ever.
Ubisoft’s Just Dance is arguably the most successful, with annual releases for most consoles including the Nintendo Switch, Xbox family, both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Each release includes around 40 tracks, plus you can subscribe to the Just Dance Unlimited service to get access to hundreds more.
While Just Dance previously relied on motion controls for consoles like the Wii and Microsoft’s ill-fated Kinect, you can now play with a smartphone app held in your right hand (or use standard controllers on Sony and Nintendo platforms). The game features a “Sweat” mode designed for working out, allowing you to count the calories you’ve burned in a session.
The series has been expanded to mobile-only with Just Dance Now, which removes the need for a console in place of a web browser, Mac, Apple TV, Chromecast, or tablet.
Harmonix’s Dance Central was previously a big name in the dancing video game space, but the series hasn’t seen a release since 2019’s VR title of the …….