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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Author: Denver

I'm a seasoned DDR player looking to demonstrate the benefits of exer-gaming in regards to health, fitness, and fun.

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9 Replies to “The Nintendo Switch Review: Is it Good for Getting Fit?

  1. The Nintendo Switch looks like an interesting option for the home office crowd (me). I find that I am sitting way too often and need to get up stretch and move around.

    The Switch could be just the ticket! I could set an alarm for every hour. Get up out of my chair and play arms for 5-10 minutes and then return to work.

    As you mentioned, I’m not going to get a six pack from this, but it does get me moving when I normally would be stuck in my chair.

    I’m going to have to think about this! Thanks.

    1. The Nintendo Switch (and Nintendo Wii) are great for getting up and moving around. Helps fight against a sedentary lifestyle in a fun way. I definitely suggest trying it out; my switch works well for keeping me active when I’m not active exercising.

      Thanks for your comment! I’m glad to help!

  2. Thank you for such an amazing review post. I have been going backwards and forwards when deciding to get a switch. I personally wouldn’t use it for the fitness side, however, my girlfriend would. From what I have read its a machine that may also suit younger gamers like my son. Do you know whether there will be any fitness titles coming out anytime soon?

    1. As far as I’m aware, the Nintendo Switch doesn’t seem to be getting fitness-specific titles anytime soon. Nintendo themselves seem to be moving away from fitness gaming in general, which is a bit of a shame. That said, the Switch is great for all ages of gamers regardless. 

      It’s great for breaking up long stretches of being sedentary though, due to the motion control nature of the console. A good supplement to standard exercising.

      Thank you for your comment!

  3. The Switch is a pretty great gaming device, and I’m sure Nintendo would benefit should it release fitness titles like it did for the Wii.

    But yes, regular exercise is still the best. Although the Switch can still make you build up a good sweat from all that physical movement, especially with the games you detailed in the article.

    1. I’m glad to to see that others share similar thoughts on the Switch. I love my Switch and personally can’t get enough of it, though I do wish that it was more fitness oriented like the Wii was. Ah well, can’t have it all!

      Thanks for your comment!

  4. Hey Denver,

    Thanks for the great review of the Nintendo Switch for exergaming. This actually seems like a great solution for me because I like to use exercise during my breaks mainly for movement and stress relief. This seems like it would be a truly great way to get my head out of my work and turn off my thoughts. I have seen people playing Arms on youtube for fun so if I were to give any of the games a try, it would be that one. Thanks again!

    1. No problem! I’m happy to help anyone interested in exergaming!

      Gaming in general is a great way to relax and get your mind off of things. I personally get myself lost in Dance Dance Revolution; that’s my favorite exergame!

      Thank you for your comment!

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