I have the same games as Tracy and I agree - when I use them I definitely get a good workout! Also, my hubby's chiropractor said that after regular use (during the holidays when we had time - sigh...) his back was naturally better aligned & easier to adjust, and his massage therapist (who is a former RN) said that he was less tense. So it was definitely doing good things, as verified by medical professionals! We also have the Dance Central game which is loads of fun!
Now that we're back to school and work, it's tough to find a good time to use it - can't make too much noise in the LR until DD is asleep & by then it's too close to our bedtime to workout And for DD, we only have 2-3 hours after we get home before she's asleep, and homework, dinner, baths, & calm-down routine, etc. all have to fit in there too!
If you have a place to use it where you won't disturb other members of your household, that would be a plus. The add on is not too expensive and I think the Kinect Adventures game comes with it... it's worth a try!
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We got the Kinect this year. I have Kinect Adventures which isn't really billed as a workout game but provides some seriously good cardio. You have to jump, move side to side, and duck obstacles in one part. Other parts require you to punch, kick and move your hands all over. I played it last week with my cousin and had forgot how much it makes you sore the next day. Needless to say my shoulders were so sore that it was hard to run. Not the painful sore as in I pulled something but the kind of ache you get from a good ST workout. I probably should have stretched after playing. :-)
I also have Your Shape Fitness Evolved and have used it a handful of times. The best part for me is a kickboxing routine where you get to smash blocks with your arms and legs. When you create a profile it will track you and once you meet expectations of one level it lets you go to the next level. The block smashing game is in the fun games section. There's also a place that has Cardio Boxing and Zen- which is kind of a cross between Yoga and Tai Chi. Here the camera scans your body so it can check for correct alignment and the program scaffolds your workouts.
I honestly don't play with it as much as I should to get benefits but I'm also juggling being a mom, a teacher and a student right now... Although, I should say after playing it just last week I realized that I really ought to make a point to put it on for 20 minutes a few times a week. Even that would make a difference.
Both my kids and my husband love the Kinect Adventures game. As far as ease of use, the camera is a bit tricky at first. It's a bit hard getting used to holding your hand steady in the air so that a "button" is being pushed on the screen.
If you already have the Xbox, it is definitely worth the money. We didn't have the 360, my parents bought us the whole system for Chanukah this year.
Hope that info helps :)
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Hey folks! I was wondering if anyone could give me a little insight on this.
Garry and I are considering purchasing a Kinect bundle for the Xbox system. For me it would supplement my regular workout, and I'm hoping it will help get Garry into a more "enjoyable" workout routine (he's getting bored with the elliptical, but he loves to play video games). He's tried it (at a friend's house) and really likes it.
If anyone out there has the system I am wondering if it's "worth" the money if used consistantly with games that are designed to be workouts. (As in, if used on a regular basis will you actually lose a similar amount of weight if you use cardio exercise equipment or do workout videos?)
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