Exergamers Lead a Brand New World of Fitness


Exergamers. It’s here where exercise finally becomes fun again! Something new and exciting instead of boring and tedious! Why is that?

It’s no small secret that people love to game; I do, you do, everyone does nowadays! Unfortunately, gaming has gotten a reputation for making people lazy and harming their fitness. “Too much time staring at a screen!” I hear people shout, to which I sort of agree with.

After all, most gaming doesn’t really require people to exercise.

Listen, I get it. Exercising sucks, especially if you are trying to lose weight after YEARS of trying. It’s rough and requires discipline that many people don’t have.

It’s not surprising that over 50% of adults in the U.S. quit going to the gym after a mere 4 weeks!

Gyms know this. That’s why they sell more memberships than they have equipment; they actually DEPEND on most of their members not going! That’s absolutely crazy!

Yet people convince themselves that because they are paying for it, they’ll “go back soon” as to not waste their money.

Sound familiar? It certainly does to me; I’ve done it myself!

I Got Tired of Giving Up

I was losing money for no results!

“I’ll show them! I’ll just keep going no matter what!” I said to myself passionately.

But I made a mistake. I tried to FORCE myself to keep going back to the gym over and over without changing the FUNDAMENTAL reasons as to why I was failing. So I kept failing. I kept quitting and restarting, trapping myself in a vicious cycle.

There had to be a better way. I just KNEW that there had to be a better way to do this. If all of those good-looking guys and gals at the gym could do it, why couldn’t I?

What was making it so hard for me to workout for more than a week or two?

It turns out that I didn’t have to go far to look for the answer. The answer ended up hitting me like a sack of bricks. In hindsight, it was SO obvious! I still can’t believe I didn’t see it before.

I’ll get to what I’m talking about in a bit.

But first, we need to understand what exergames (and by extension, exergamers) are all about!

Exergames: A Powerful Fusion of Gaming and Exercise

Exergames are technology-based games that involve physical exercise. Basically, they are video games that make you move. There is a good chance that you have come across some exergames yourself:

  • Wii Fit
  • Dance Dance Revolution
  • Just Dance
  • Kinect
  • Pokemon Go
  • Virtual Reality (VR) games/equipment

These are all examples of exergames that you might have seen before. You probably have noticed it while playing, but some of these games can certainly get your heart pumping and body sweating!

If you haven’t played an exergame before, it’s a good thing you landed here! There is a world of benefits that comes with exergaming. Don’t just take my word for it!

  1. This study demonstrates a strong correlation between exergaming and increased energy levels.
  2. Another study talks about how current research links exergaming to weight loss, physical and mental fitness, and improved health.
  3. Finally, this additional study specifies that a training program linking exergaming to cycle exercise results in greater improvements in fitness than that seen after traditional cycle training.

So if it works so well, why don’t more people take part in it?

Well, there is one KEY reason, and it’s easy to understand.

Nobody Really Knows about this Amazing Thing!

Think about it. When you picture playing a video game, do you think of exercise?

Chances are…probably not.

People just aren’t aware of exergaming. They might play a song of Just Dance and go on with their lives, not knowing the potential of that exergame.

Which brings me back to why glad you are here! You have the opportunity to dive into a whole new world of fitness. A world of exercise that’s no longer boring and no longer tedious!

Exergaming is the force that will keep people from quitting exercise when the going gets tough. Gaming is so fun that it’s addictive!

Why not use that to our advantage to get fit and STAY fit, all while having so much fun that you forget you are exercising?

That’s what I discovered worked for me! I play Dance Dance Revolution because I love the game. I would play it more if I could! That game, however, is physically demanding at any level of play.

I got into better shape and shaved off fat without even being aware of it! I was having too much fun just trying to get better at a game! Playing with friends also kept me motivated to improve, which in turn continued to improve my fitness.

The best part is that I played at home if I wanted to; I didn’t have to drive to the gym after work! However…

The Gym is STILL a Friend of Exergamers

Don’t misunderstand me; I’m not saying the traditional gyms and traditional forms of working out are obsolete or inferior to exergaming. But I will say that maintaining the drive to become fit is very hard at these gyms once the drive and motivation go away.

Pricey personal trainers, judgment from other gym goers, and a lack of support always drive people away from gyms. So why not make exercise into a game that you can play, at the very least in the comfort of your own home?

Entertainment technology is already highly implemented in gyms; there is a reason that TVs are set in front of treadmills! Its ability to keep their players entertained is valuable and in shape, especially nowadays.

Exergaming takes that idea, multiplies it by 100x, and then runs with it. Whether it’s a dance simulation game or an immersive VR experience, you are guaranteed to have quality workouts (of the same caliber or better than a traditional workout) while having fun!

Exergaming is an Excitingly New Way to Work Out!

This site is dedicated to providing you a unique fitness experience, as well as help you jump start, and maintain, your exergame journey. Let exergaming guide you towards the body YOU want to achieve.

There are no tricks and no gimmicks; exergaming is too efficient to rely on stuff like that!

I broke the cycle. I continue to improve my fitness and health to this day through exergaming and want to share my experience with you.

If I can do it, then I know for a fact that you can too!

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9 Comments

  • Jiu Jitsu Jonathan (#)
    July 27th, 2018

    I agree 100%. Exergaming is an awesome way to stay fit. I train in BJJ and martial arts kind of are an exergame in a way.

    I’m not somebody who can go to a gym and just run on a treadmill or lift weights. I have to make it fun.
    I know a lot of people paintball and now you have video games where you run around in the same manner. A whole new pandoras box is opening with how big this is going to get.

    • Denver (#)
      August 1st, 2018

      That’s exactly right! Your comment embodies the spirit of this site! I believe that gaming-integrated fitness is the future of fitness. It’s obvious that the current methods of working out are insufficient on a national scale. They may be functional, but they aren’t fun.

      Fewer and fewer people are going to want to sacrifice fun for results. So why not put the two together?

      That’s exergaming!

  • Mikael (#)
    July 31st, 2018

    this is definitely a great way to combine fun and exercise. I would say that it will not be replacing my normal kind of exercise, as I do not think exergaming can completely replace the benefits of “normal” exercise.

    But a great supplement, and also a great way to get people to move that would maybe otherwise not move.

    Thanks,
    Mike

    • Denver (#)
      August 1st, 2018

      Exergaming is still in its infancy. While I agree that it cannot replace traditional exercise at the moment, I believe that day is coming sooner rather than later.

      With such exponential advances in technology nowadays, I’m optimistic that exergaming is going to be a popular choice for strong, consistent workouts. There is already a gym dedicated to exergaming, with plans to expand soon.

      That said, exergaming is very good at combating the sedentary lifestyle a lot of us tend to have, like you said. It’s important to recognize the reasons why, so that we may polish and develop the appeal of gaming-integrated fitness.

      Thank you for your comment!

  • Steve Crozza (#)
    August 1st, 2018

    You have hit the nail on the head when you say that traditional gyms are boring and expensive. Also that they are not supportive and others become judgemental, a great turn off believe me.

    I too have been to gym’s before and found that they are boring, difficult to get people to help and I often found that I was waiting to use some equipment!

    When I met my current partner she was using WII Fit and was so happy with it but, as she had borrowed it I got to use it once. It needed to be returned.

    I was certainly huffing and puffing at the end.

    You have piqued my interest in this form of entertainment and the resultant fitness gains, I need to get into it properly.

  • Elia Desoba (#)
    August 2nd, 2018

    Thank you for this beautiful article. I’m a huge fan of video games and I have this fantasy that one day we’ll be able to do sport with VR (like, we are the character and we have to run and everything). I’d be so happy if I could try that.
    You’re right for exagames: they do count as fitness. I’ve played just dance for a while and there’s a fitness section where I used to sweat everyday.
    Have a nice day!

    • Denver (#)
      August 3rd, 2018

      I cannot wait for that day to arrive. When VR is further along, you can be sure to catch me in the virtual world every single day! It’s already very useful for exercise, so I”m curious just how far they can push this technology.

      Thank you for commenting! I appreciate it!

  • Mike Viray (#)
    August 3rd, 2018

    Wow, this is certainly a new and interesting concept! As someone who regularly gets into gaming but rarely goes to the gym this should be of benefit to me personally. I too had the Pokemon fever when it launched a couple of years ago, and walked several km because of it, haha.

    • Denver (#)
      August 3rd, 2018

      Yeah, Pokemon Go kind of took the world by storm for a few weeks. Parks were filled with people young and old while they played it; it was a real treat to see people bonding over a game and getting some exercise to boot! A model example of exergaming if I’ve ever seen it!

      Thank you for posting your comment!

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