Fitness Minutes: (1,998)
8/10/12 9:37 A
I've tried it. I'm not coordinated enough!!!!!
I do wish we had new controllers and the bigger bar for our Wii.....that's a lot of work for some of those games!
Fitness Minutes: (2,160)
8/10/12 1:28 A
Dance Central for the Xbox Kinect is fantastic. We have DC 2 & 3 and another Michael Jackson dance programme. Such fun and very good exercise as long as you don't try and slack - do the moves properly and you will get a great workout. Dance Central has a Fitness section too with various cardio workouts that are different lengths and levels of difficulty - one to suit everyone and the amount of time you have available. I have noticed a distinct difference in my tone and how trim I am since I started using these programmes. I have been doing an hour of cardio workouts every morning and then doing other dancing - more for fun (and additional exercise) with my boyfriend in the evenings and on weekends. It has definitely made a BIG difference. By the way, my boyfriend used to dislike dancing - I had never seen him dance and never thought I would but he REALLY enjoys the Dance Central programmes and is just as keen on them as I am. :-)
It seems a lot of people are saying the various dance games are good for cardio. But I want to try to get my dad moving - and I don't think he'd like those. He doesn't feel comfortable dancing alone, let alone with a group. (We even tried Dance Dance Revolution, thinking it's not really "dancing" so much as stepping - but he still ducked out after just a few rounds.)
Are there other good cardio Kinect games that aren't dance based, but are still a moderate to intense workout without feeling like you're just in a home gym? We're hoping to find a multi-player game that we can do over Xbox LIVE since he doesn't live in the same city, but he does like competition. Maybe a track and field type? We were looking at the Wipe Out games. Or maybe a martial arts type fighting style? Fencing?
Something with running in place, jumping, ducking, kicking, etc....?
My family and I use the Xbox Kinect. I own the Zumba and the (2) Dance Central games and incorporate them into my workout. Dance Central even has a calorie counter. It's a fun way to move. You don't even know you're exercising. It's a great tool to use to break the monotony of your routine AND your whole family can get involved too.
We love our Kinect. We got it last year at Christmas and we use it in spurts, but we are always laughing and out of breath when we do. We play the sports games a lot since my 4 year old can play too, but I'll get my 8 year old one of the dance games. We play Just Dance on the Wii too. They can be awesome workouts!
Fitness Minutes: (3,302)
11/28/11 11:54 A
I just bought the Xbox and Kinect this weekend. The kids and I will try it out this week. I went a little overboard and got the Disneyland and Kinectimals too. We all love to play the Wii and this looks easier for them to play (4 and 6). As far as too much video/TV time - I don't worry about that. The first thing they ask when we get home is if they can play outside. The want to ride bikes or play with the other neighborhood kids. But, it's dark now when we get home, so this way, they are still being active and moving around. Plus, I have found that this is great way to introduce some sports to them. After playing Wii bowling, we went bowling and they had a ball. They can tell the difference in their ability to play the real game, and to play the video game. They prefer the real thing.
hi liss, no i dont worry about it at all,,,my son who is now 17 but when he was younger did nothing but play video games,,,he didnt want to be outside at all, no sports no nothing,,,,,ppl use to be worried but my thoughts on it was, i knew where he was and what he was doing at all times, he never got into drugs, or booze, or anything bad. Then one day he said to me, i want a baseball, basketball, football, hocket stick, and every other sport ball out there. That was when i he was 15, or so. I could not stop him ...now he is 17, straight A student, has a awesome girlfriend ..both are finishing last year of highschool, all UI courses, and is doing great. He just ran his first marathon too and came in 6 place. I also have two daughters who was the same..both older, one is a RA ( one step lower then a nurse) and the other one is married to an landscraper and just had her first baby...all three of my kids was video junkies, right up until highschool. So i would not worry about what * studies* show,,,,one study says that kids are effected by it ....another study supports it. I am not knocking down studies, they are good and we do need them. Now what worked in my home, may not work in other people's home..others might let their kids play alot of videos and have problems down the road. I would say just do what you feel is the right thing to do in your home. You know yourself and your family. Whatever you do in your family, will be the right thing cause you know them best.
Dance Central is good. We just got Just Dance Kids 2 (my kids love it!) and Just Dance 3 is SOOO much fun. I like it since you can have up to 4 people do it.
Fitness Minutes: (899)
133 11/21/11 6:30 P
Our whole family LOVES the dancing games. We have Dance Central and I'm planning to get my son the Michael Jackson experience for Christmas - we play all the time and it's a great workout!
Fitness Minutes: (9,140)
11/20/11 9:50 A
I don't have the kinect yet but will be getting it for Christmas and my boys and I definitely plan to use it for exercising when we can't go outside. We already use the Wii Fit but having both will give us the chance to change things around.
I have the kinex too. I did the "my shape" introdutory workout where it assess your workout level and it about killed me! I was so sore the next day. Unfortunetly, I messed up somehow and it didn't save my results. The thought of doing it again has held me back for months now. I would like to get back into it. I think after vacation next week I will. (Even though this is an excuse, I have tons of stuff to do to get ready to go and I need all the sleep I can get because of the late nights I've been pulling.) Once we get back I will be doing at least 30 minutes each morning before my day starts. Liss - I think technology is great and has many benefits for adults and children alike. Just like anything in life - use with moderation. Of course if all kids are doing is playing inactive video games and being sedentary it's not good. But this topic is about the kinex which was designed to get kids and their family's moving. I think it's a wonderful tool to use for people who wouldn't normally go out in public for exercise.
10/24/11 10:37 P
We have the Kinect and I think I play it more than my kids, mostly since I joined Sparkpeople. On days that I can't get to the gym and a lot of mornings, I wake up and do Dance Central. It is a great way to get moving and I have been able to keep my 10 minutes of exercise streak alive by doing it. Tonight I went down to do my 10 minutes and did it for almost an hour! I'd like to get the Zumba one too, as I love Zumba. We have some other ones for the kids, but they haven't got into them as much as I would have liked (they are expensive). We got it in June though, so we haven't been playing a lot of video games, so I am expecting once winter sets it, we will play it more.
Fitness Minutes: (105)
10/22/11 1:59 P
I want to get a kinect, but not sure it if it worth it. The wii is cool, but got old after awhile.
10/18/11 1:56 A
We have a Wii and a Kinect. My almost 5- year old loves them both, active games or non-active. I am very concerned about over-use of technology for children (and adults) and it's affect on their development so I limit the video games to half an hour on Saturdays and Sundays. Are other parents concerned about this?? I am very concerned ... more and more studies suggest our overdependance on technology is causing us to become disconnected with nature, to have shorter attention spans, and to disrupt our ability to learn. Thoughts? (sorry to hijack thread)
Fitness Minutes: (315)
21 10/13/11 7:50 P
We have the Kinect but I haven't used it yet. I think I will give it a try. We also have a Wii fit but my 2 year old tries to do it with me and its not easy to do working around her.
I love my kinect. My daughter loves it too. We have the adventures, dance central( had another dance game but it was done), carnival, and I have Zumba. My son who is 3- he just runs around the room. My daughter who is 6- we do the dance one. I can't say no to my daughter wanting to move around and dance. Not kinect- but my favorite xbox game is lips. It's a karaoke game- fun to play with a big group of people
I have a 6 and 8 year old and they love our kinect BUT I LOVE IT TO we play it everyday and its a great work out for me execpt for the breaks between games so I do some high moving arobic dancing between...but my roomates me and my boyfriend play kinect sports party play allmost every night if I can get the lazy a$$ up!!!
Fitness Minutes: (17,832)
39 10/4/11 3:57 P
Right now we only have adventures. I do my cardio on there and I about die lol. My 4yr old plays with me and cheers me on, it so cute. We just did a demo of a dance game and she liked that. I'd really like to get your shape.
Fitness Minutes: (2,111)
9/29/11 12:17 P
My son and I started using Wii after school - only an hour (1/2 hour each). I lost 5# in two weeks. Fun, family oriented and it works
Fitness Minutes: (4,163)
53 9/29/11 9:35 A
My girls (3 and 4) like playing the mini games on Kinect Sports.
I LOVE the kinect! The plain old "Adventures" game is fantastic! I love doing the one with the over/under bars. I have 2 small kids and they love to copy mommy while I'm playing :) Sometimes for an extra workout, they'll take turns hanging onto my back while I do it. I'll tell you those squats with an extra 30 lbs on your back are brutal!
So we got the Xbox Kinect for me last year, but it turns out my kids absolutely love it. I had the Wii too, but they had a little trouble getting down what buttons to press and where to point the controller (they were 3 & 4 last year). With the Kinect, it is super easy for them to use because there are no controllers and the Kinect sees the whole body.
If you use the Kinect do you have any favorite games for your kids to play? I'm starting to review a few of them in my Kinect Spark group (here: bit.ly/nCnw5D ), but didn't know if I was missing any that have been released since last year. I have Kinectimals and Fantastic Pets.
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