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Play Your Way to Health
This list of the best Kinect fitness games will help you choose the right game to help you get in shape and stay fit!
If you haven't had a chance to try out the Kinect yet, you'll be surprised how suited it is to helping you exercise. And if you own a Kinect, you'll want to know the best games to maximize your workout productivity. After all, there's no point in using the Kinect to get fit unless you find a fitness game that's suited to your own abilities, interests, and needs!
Update: Zumba has shimmied its way past EA Sports!
- Jillian Michaels Fitness Adventure: This recent entry into the Kinect workout genre has you working on your core while exploring a variety of fun on-screen environments. Guess Jillian decided not to stick with the Biggest Loser franchise this time around...
- Zumba Fitness Core: Love Zumba? Want to focus on strengthening your core? Check out the latest Zumba Kinect game, which features new ways to tap into the dance-inspired craze.
- Dance Central 3: Trey says in the comments below, "Dance Central 2 works better for me than anything. Sure, I feel like a goober half the time, but those dances on hard are truly a cardio blast." Although it's not strictly a Kinect fitness game, it does provide a great workout. It's also been voted the second-best Kinect game out of all the titles available in the comments.
#6: The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout
The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout for the Kinect uses the star power of trainers such as Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper to motivate you in your exercising routines. Motion controls and voice recognition work well.
The activities are varied and interesting, and it tracks your measurements over time. Some users like that this game focuses more on the training aspect than Your Shape Fitness, its main competitor.
#5: EA Sports Active 2
EA Sports Active 2 is the only fitness game that currently comes with a heart rate monitor. The results of the monitor display in-game on your screen, so that you can make sure that you're staying within your target range.
Other than that, it's pretty similar to Your Shape Fitness (see below for more information). It's more focused on getting in shape than having fun, whatever the previews and trailers try to tell you.
#4: Zumba Fitness Rush: Groove Yourself to Health
This game brings Zumba, the new exercise class dance craze, into the comfort of your own living room. You can use this great Kinect workout game without anyone else having to see you get good at the moves first!
Many people have gotten fit using Zumba over the years since it was first introduced; it's a great combination of music that gets you pumped and moves that get your heart pumping. They've fixed the motion issues that plagued the original game, and this remake has received excellent reviews on Amazon and elsewhere.
#3: UFC Personal Trainer: Kick and Punch Your Way to Health
If you're not the type of person who gets into dancing or aerobics, then perhaps UFC Personal Trainer is for you. Drawing from a variety of MMA-inspired moves from diverse disciplines, and featuring UFC fighting personalities, this game definitely stands out from the Kinect fitness game crowd. Just make sure that you're not too close to the TV when you do your moves!
#2: Nike+ Kinect Training: A New Way to Feel the Burn
Nike has always been a brand associated with athletic excellence, and their newest foray into motion-controlled gaming is no exception. Progress in the game results in real-world rewards in the form of NikeFuel points.
There's a strong focus on becoming part of the community, and you can get messages from Nike athletes and trainers to keep you on track. If you want more outside support and accountability in your at-home fitness regimen, this game is for you.
#1: Your Shape Fitness Evolved: 2012
If you liked Your Shape Fitness Evolved, then you're sure to love the 2012 version. New activities will include "zen classes," Latin dancing, boot camp, and a feature called "Run the World" that lets you run in different environments without leaving the comfort of your home.
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KathyZ1 on October 20, 2013:
Nice lens, very informative.
fire218 on July 05, 2013:
good way to get those video game heads exercising.
socialcx1 on July 04, 2013:
I can see why people enjoy these fitness games. Looks like they work.
Peter Messerschmidt from Port Townsend, WA, USA on June 07, 2013:
Some very useful information here! I've HEARD about these fitness games, but have never actually tried them... but it sounds like a winner, especially for those of us who really hate going to a gym.
JimmPlus on April 29, 2013:
Great recommendation. I like EA Sports Active 2 with the heart monitor. Way to go man.
drmork on March 22, 2013:
I am really having fun with Zumba Fitness! Great lens! Good suggestions.
sojourner-1 on February 21, 2013:
The Kinect Fitness videos are such a great way of getting fit with a trainer, without the huge cost of gym fees. Some people will like them, others of course won't. I think they are great.
laurenrich on January 29, 2013:
This is a terrific list of Kinect fitness games. It has an excellent choice to choose from and thanks for sharing.
emmaklarkins (author) on January 14, 2013:
@BenJacklin LM: Absolutely! Interest in these games rises about this time every year :)
emmaklarkins (author) on January 14, 2013:
@jonijones: Can't go wrong with making exercise fun!
BenJacklin LM on January 14, 2013:
Great lens for everyone looking to shed a few pounds this new year!
jonijones on January 12, 2013:
Fun and exercise, sound the best for me!!
emmaklarkins (author) on December 28, 2012:
@anonymous: The game certainly has mixed reviews. You might prefer Kung Fu High Impact, which has much better motion tracking.
anonymous on December 20, 2012:
That MMA game sucks so hard. I can't believe it's second place! It's practically not a game, just a guided video. Motion detection is so bad that you have to punch twice or thrice for the game to detect you thrown a punch. It doesn't even distinguish if you throw a punch or an elbow; just that "something" from your left moved to the right. For example, if you have to throw a right jab and a left elbow strike you might as well sissy slap with both hands and the game detects you did it right. And those repetitive comments from the trainers make the whole experience artificial.
I agree that Fitness Evolved is the best the kinect has to offer in the Fitness department
emmaklarkins (author) on December 17, 2012:
@avigarret: Thanks! It certainly is a great way to get exercise without really noticing :)
avigarret on December 17, 2012:
Great recommendations, a very creative and fun way to lose weight.
vistablue on December 14, 2012:
Thanks for the great ideas!
cjbmeb14 lm on December 08, 2012:
Some great titles.
emmaklarkins (author) on November 13, 2012:
@healthyidea: Thanks for the heads up, I'll add them to the list!
Kiwigirl from Franklin on November 13, 2012:
These are a little out of date there is now Zumba Core and Nike + Kinect training, they make it into my top 5.
anonymous on October 27, 2012:
Question for anyone that uses these, do they really work, or are they just a bit of fun?
anonymous on October 01, 2012:
MintySea on September 26, 2012:
I don't have akinect but love fitness but love movement games. These titles sound fun.
anonymous on September 08, 2012:
Nice. Definitely agree about Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 being the best. I have a huge stack of Kinect games. Yeah, the kids love Kinectimals, but I primarily use the Kinect for a workout. Out of all, I use Your Shape 2012 the most. With the wide variety of workouts available for everything from warm ups to strength training targeted to specific body regions, you can get the results desired. And does it ever put the burn on!!!
emmaklarkins (author) on August 26, 2012:
@MrMojo01: Glad you liked it!
emmaklarkins (author) on August 26, 2012:
maxidef on August 19, 2012:
very interesting lens.
MrMojo01 on August 13, 2012:
Nice lens. I have tried a few of these and I will have to check out the others.
emmaklarkins (author) on August 09, 2012:
@behealthycoupon1: The Kinect is great at getting people to engage in regular physical activity, which is something that most people don't get enough of! You can always move to more intense games, or even graduate to non-Kinect activities. Sometimes it just takes that one little push to get "up off the couch" :)
behealthycoupon1 on August 07, 2012:
I'm still no the fence if I want to get a Kinect. I guess it would more so for my family because it's something that mom could do. The only issue is I think you have to do a lot of working out for it to actually start making a difference in your health. The movements in most of the games are pretty slow and not enough of it.
emmaklarkins (author) on July 21, 2012:
@StewartClan: Yeah, boyfriends/husbands often want one of those! If you like dancing with the Wii, you'll LOVE Dance Central!
StewartClan on July 19, 2012:
Well, I am a Wii person, but my husband wants to get an xbox and you are making it look pretty compelling. I love all the dance games for the wii and I am sure that I would love some of these fitness dvds. Thanks for a great lens, I liked it very much.
BenBsimpson on June 25, 2012:
These are awesome for losing weight and getting in shape because they free a person from the need to pay a gym or trainer to start doing it.
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anonymous on June 21, 2012:
Great variety of games from which to choose. Nice lens.
rongreenwood on June 18, 2012:
I love this game. I play it everyday with my son,Very entertaining, interesting, and fun too.
emmaklarkins (author) on June 07, 2012:
@anonymous: That's a good point. I might add it to the list, but for the time being, anyone visiting this site should know that Dance Central 2 is a great game that provides a great workout!
anonymous on June 07, 2012:
Dance Central 2 Works better for me that anything. Sure, I feel like a goober half the time, but those dances on hard are truly a cardio blast.
dream1983 on June 07, 2012:
Great collection, well done!
sherioz on April 11, 2012:
I had no idea what this was until I watched the video you have here. Just cruising around squidoo to see what people are doing and I'm glad I found this. I need something just like this. Now I have to see about getting the Kinect, right?
emmaklarkins (author) on February 22, 2012:
@giltotherescue: Well, there are a few reasons that Zumba isn't #1. For example, the only exercises you can do are Zumba-based, so if you're not already a Zumba fan, you won't be into this game. Also, unless you already have a decent amount of Zumba experienced, it is difficult to get the moves "just right." I think perhaps Zumba advertises so much because it isn't #1 yet, and they want it to be :)
Gil Hildebrand from New Orleans, LA on February 22, 2012:
Just curious where there was a vote for the games? Given the amount of TV advertising, I would have expected Zumba to be #1.
hossbyh on February 17, 2012:
I love Dance Central 2, a fun game and a great work out!
Edutopia on January 26, 2012:
The staple genre and easiest selling point for the Kinect. A great way to get the, "hardcore," gamer off the couch while still feeding the gaming addiction, haha.
cneely294587 on January 25, 2012:
Kinect Sports is a great workout.
CruiseReady from East Central Florida on January 25, 2012:
I would love to get my husband motivated to do some of these Kinect Fitness Games.
brada7x on January 14, 2012:
These are some great Kinect games to help get in shape with. I'm thinking about picking up one or two myself to kick some weight off for the new year. These are some of the best kinect games for making that happen, too. Thanks!
antoniow on January 13, 2012:
Great lens! Thumbs up!
JoshK47 on January 06, 2012:
I've been strongly considering trying out Your Shape Evolved... seems like a fun way to get some exercise in!
jadehorseshoe on December 29, 2011:
Very Useful Lens!
simona55 on December 01, 2011:
@anonymous: You're missing out if you don't have a Kinect yet. I used to be pretty lazy, but now I actually work out.
Heard_Zazzle on June 10, 2011:
Anything that gets folks moving is a good thing. I've heard Zumba is really fun.
emmaklarkins (author) on June 09, 2011:
@anonymous: They're a blast! You should definitely consider getting a Kinect if you have an Xbox.
anonymous on June 08, 2011:
Don't have a Kinect but as KM wrote - these games do look fun.
mockingbird999 on June 08, 2011:
I haven't tried any of these yet, but they look like they'd be fun.