Gone are the days of getting fit in traditional settings. With video games, players can get lost in a virtual world of gaming, while getting fit to their favorite games. And with with so many options to choose from, it can be hours of fun for the whole family. Read on to find out some of the best video games to keep fit.

THE NINTENDO WII

With Nintendo Wii, players can enjoy realistic on screen graphics via an innovative control system as opposed to the traditional pad with buttons. This newer system utilizes a remote control that can be waved about to mimic real world actions in a virtual world. With Nintendo Wii, players will be swinging, slashing, hacking and shooting their way towards hours of fun and fitness in no time.

There are various Wii sports included with Nintendo WII such as Boxing, Bowling, Golf, Tennis and Baseball, for hours of sports action without ever having to step foot onto a sports ground. Some games, like Bowling and Tennis, are so realistic that playing for 12 hours a week could lose you up to 4kg a month.

DANCEMATS

The dancing games provide a fun, cool way to dance your way to fitness. These games are similar to participating in aerobics warm ups. They work by displaying on screen demands that prompt you to step on and off the mat, matching the position of your feet to the on screen prompts, all to the beat of fun-filled music. During the furious stages, you can burn up to 400 calories an hour.

THE EYETOY

With Sony PlayStation’s Eyetoy attachment, players are placed inside the game itself. The attachment utilizes a camera that, when positioned atop the TV screen allows you to jump about, wave your arms and move about right inside the game.

With Eyetoy games like Kinetic, players can engage in simulated body combat training and burn up to 300 calories an hour.

GAMERCISE; SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT

Are you ready for an exercise that offers real, heart pumping adventure? With specialized equipment, players can pedal along matching the speed of a car in a racing game, or use the treadmill for a heart thumping chase, running from the cops after shooting up some bad guys in Grand Theft Auto. Simply plug a custom running machine or exercise bike right into the game console, and let the games begin.

There are many health benefits to using an exercise bike or stepping machine, which is why you see them in many gyms up and down the country. The advantage to using specialized equipment is you will forget you are puffing away as you participate in real life action adventures, while burning up to 650 calories an hour.

Although video games will never replace going to the gym five times per week, they can be used to help keep you fit as opposed to just moving your thumbs. Using video games along with regular exercise to stay fit, while maintaining healthy eating, can help you look and feel your best.