They have completely reversed the idea of a video gamer sitting hunched over on a couch for hours on end moving only his or her fingers. They are the fitness games, and there are lots and lots of them that bring the promise of a personal trainer type experience into your home for a full workout from your living room.
The latest digital version of the hot Colombian aerobic dance, Zumba, is Zumba Fitness Core.
“It's the first and only fitness video game that's delivering choreography specifically for sculpting your abs and giving you a full body workout within the Zumba fitness program,” said Liz Buckley from Majesco Entertainment.
And Nike, which is all over mobile phones with fitness apps, is now getting into the game with Nike+ Kinect. A workout program developers insist is tailored to you, assessing your progress every month, allows you to go head to head against others online in fitness challenges. It will even remind you via your mobile phone when it is time to workout.
“This experience gives you access to the same assessment, training methods, and real-time feedback we give our elite athletes,” said Stefan Olander from Nike. “So following an assessment of your fitness and athleticism, you'll move straight in to the most personalized digital training experience in the world.”
Nintendo is also coming out with a new version of Wii Fit for its WiiU called Wii Fit U. This one is called Hosedown, where the balance board acts as your hose and then the tablet is how you aim.
There are more than 20 new activities from Luge, from a game that challenges you to hold a gut busting plank position for as long as possible to a trampoline jump where what you see on the TV is a view from the ground. If you look at the WiiU tablet, you get a birds-eye view.
This one will also come with a portable fitness meter for inputting into the game any activity you do throughout the day away from the console.