As Christmas gets closer and closer, you’re likely to be having friends and family come visit you and maybe even stop for a few days. While Christmas dinner does a good job of keeping everyone entertained for a few hours, once dinner is over, finding ways to keep everyone occupied can be tricky. In this article I’m going to be tackling this topic and listing 5 Reasons To Play Fitness Themed Video Games This Christmas.
1) They Get Everybody Moving
One big advantage of playing fitness themed video games in the run up to Christmas is that they get everybody up off the couch and keep them moving. In fact, a really intense video game session can burn a few hundred calories per hour and have everyone working up quite a sweat. While this is no substitute for the amount of calories you can burn at the gym or during an intense run, it’s a much healthier option than sitting around watching films and drinking beer.
2) They’re Fun
Another huge plus point with fitness themed video games is that they’re really enjoyable, even for people who aren’t interested in health and fitness. Games such as Dance Star Party on the PlayStation Move, Kinect Adventures on the Kinect and Wii Sports Resport on the Nintendo Wii are sure to get even the most sedentary person moving and laughing as they play. As far as multi-person activities go, there are very few that can match the fun which fitness themed video games provide.
3) They’re Interactive
When it comes to entertaining groups of people during the festive period, there are very few activities that encourage everyone to interact. Sure going for a walk or watching a film will keep everyone occupied but when it comes to actually talking and engaging with each other, fitness themed video games are a much better choice. The multi-player elements in these games allow numerous people from the group to play at the same time and the fun, competitive gameplay encourages everyone to interact by sharing words of encouragement, cheering other players on or even shouting out some friendly smack talk.
4) They’re Suitable For Everyone
Another common problem when choosing group activities around Christmas time is finding something that everyone enjoys and that’s suitable for people of all ages. However, fitness themed video games can be played by young and old people alike and when you have adventure games, brain training games, dance games, fighting games, kids games, party games, racing games, sports games and workout games to choose from, you’re sure to find a title that matches everyone’s tastes.
5) They’re Not Dependent On The Weather
One final benefit of playing fitness themed video games during the holiday season is that they’re not reliant on the weather. As you probably know, the dark, cold weather during the festive period means you can’t rely on being able to spend time outdoors and this limits the type of group activities you can do. However, fitness themed video games aren’t dependent on you being outside which means you can always play them, regardless of what the weather is like.
I hope this article has shown you why fitness themed video games are such a good choice around Christmas time. While they’re not the only way to keep family and friends entertained, if you own a Kinect, PlayStation Move or Nintendo Wii, they’re certainly an option worth considering.
Now I want to hear from you guys. Are you planning to keep your Christmas guests entertained by using fitness themed video games this year? What are your favourite fitness themed video games? Let me know by leaving a comment below. Also, if you enjoyed reading this post, please Like It, +1 It, Pin It or Tweet It, so that as many people can benefit from these suggestions.