I love to make workouts fun for me. Hey, they're hard work. Why shouldn't I? Well I own a kinect and kinect adventures. So I figured I'd make a game out of exercising.
So a kinect, in case you don't know, is microsoft's answer to wii motion gaming. I'd argue where the wii doesn't exactly force you to get up, kinect does. It's a sensor bar that can recognize your body, arms, face, voice, etc... It's far more accurate than the wii which simply uses gyroscope technology to sense the wiimote is moving. So an equivalent work out game on the wii can be done by sitting down and just shaking the wiimote, the kinect can tell you're not moving. The technology is pretty amazing and might be the future of computers. But I digress.
One particular exercise I absolutely love, works my whole body and wears me down. You're on this moving platform. It is continuously moving forward in a linear fashion. The idea is to dodge obstacles on your left, right, above, and below you. So you're constantly side stepping, squatting, and jumping. Oh, and if you want to go faster, you can jump. So when there are no obstacles in your way, you are jumping so you can go faster (pictured below). It's a sustained workout that mixes the right amount of fun and physical activity. And I love video games. So what better then to have one that makes me get off the couch?
I will have to post a video sometime of the game in action. Probably not showing me doing the exercises. It's a little damaging to the ego :)