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Top 10 fitness video games

Don’t have time to go to the gym? No problem – there has never been a better time to stay at home and get your workout in front of the flat screen. With all three major video game systems now offering sensor and motion controller options, there has been a flood of new games that will get you up off the couch and burning those calories.

Whether you want to lose weight, get a high-octane workout, or just practice a few dance moves, there is a fitness game that’s right for you. Here are 10 of the best:

Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012

Perhaps the best fitness game on the market today. Your Shape 2012 asks you to enter your age, weight, and exercise habits, and uses the Kinect motion controller to measure your body size and structure. The game then takes you through a range of cardio and muscular routines specifically tailored to your fitness level. The all-seeing Kinect sensors make sure you can’t cheat and you are marked for how well you stay in rhythm with the on-screen instructor. Easy to follow and fun to do.

Publisher: Ubisoft
System: Xbox 360 with Kinect
Price: $49.99
Rating: “E” for Everyone

Zumba Fitness

Several million Americans have now taken up the Zumba dance workout craze. The nine different dance styles include hip-hop, salsa, meringue, reggaeton and mambo. The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions use the Kinect and Move motion sensors for a more interactive dance experience. Designed largely for existing enthusiasts, Zumba Fitness is short on instructions but long on high-energy, calorie-burning workouts. Look out for Zumba Fitness: Rush for the Xbox 360 coming next month!

Publisher: Majesco
System: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii
Price: $39.99
Rating: “E” for Everyone

EA Sports Active 2

If you are sincere about committing to a serious home-based workout program, then look no further than EA Active 2. The game comes with three wireless sensors to monitor your performance and heart rate, as you work your way through a punishing series of routines. There are numerous exercises in various different categories – from cardio to upper body – and everything can be customized to suit your own individual needs.

Publisher: EA Sports
System: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii
Price: $39.99
Rating: “E” for Everyone

Wii Fit Plus

Wii Fit Plus improves on the excellent Wii Fit and includes more than 40 types of training activities designed to appeal to everyone from casual gamers to hardcore fitness buffs. Uses the Wii Balance Board to weigh you and calculate body mass index. Allows full customization of routines, so you can focus on specific parts of your body.

Publisher: Nintendo
System: Wii
Price: $19.99 (software only); $99.99 with Balance Board
Rating: “E” for Everyone

The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout

Based on the hit NBC reality show, this game features over 125 exercises that will help you lose weight and get in shape. Hosted by trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper, the game provides a nutrition plan as well as an exercise regimen. The Xbox 360 with Kinect version includes several unique features, such as video diaries and the ability to connect with online workout friends for motivation and support.

Publisher: THQ
System: Xbox 360 with Kinect
Price: $49.99
Rating: “E” for Everyone

Just Dance 3

Perfect for people who want to get fit and work on those dance moves. Over 45 all-new tracks, ranging from chart-topping hits to classic dance party tracks. If you want a real workout, switch to Just Sweat It Out mode, where you can choose from a variety of cardio options, track your fitness efforts, and even earn sweat points! Just want to dance? Use the Party mode and lose yourself in a non-stop dance-a-thon.

Publisher: Ubisoft
System: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii
Price: $39.99
Rating: “E 10+” for Everyone 10+

My Fitness Coach

One of the original fitness video games but still one of the best. You first assess your current fitness level and then choose exactly want you want to work on – weight loss, upper body strength, core body strength, cardio fitness, flexibility. Your virtual trainer Maya guides you through a series of workouts featuring 500 different exercises. There are plenty of helpful tutorials to show you exactly how it’s done, and 4 types of music – hip hop, Latin, 80’s or Dance – to get you in the mood.

Publisher: Ubisoft
System: Wii
Price: $25.15
Rating: “E” for Everyone

UFC Personal Trainer

OK, now we’re getting serious. UFC Personal Trainer takes you through the same high impact, intense work-outs undertaken by renowned UFC fighters. Full-body tracking allows you to perfect your mixed-martial arts technique through immediate UFC trainer feedback on 70 unique and targeted fighting exercises, including moves from muay thai, wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and more. There are four exclusive UFC fighter training partners and 9 additional workout routines.

Publisher: THQ
System: Xbox 360 with Kinect, PlayStation 3, Wii
Price: $39.99 - $49.99
Rating: “E” for Everyone

Active NFL Training Camp

If you have ever fantasized about being an NFL player, this could be the closest you will ever get! Your All-Pro workout includes over 70 drills and challenges designed to improve strength, power, and conditioning. (Some exercise require the Wii Balance Board, which is not included.) You can choose which NFL team you are training with, and even workout alongside your favorite players. A gruff-voiced coach provides the appropriate words of encouragement.

Publisher: EA Sports
System: Wii
Price: $39.95
Rating: “E” for Everyone

Dance Central 2

Not really a fitness game but just too much fun to leave off the list! An instructor will take you through each individual dance move and then you string them all together for the full routine. Dance Central 2 features tracks from Bruno Mars, Missy Elliott, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and dozens of other top artists. If you want a little company on the dance floor, you can face off against friends and family in Dance Battle mode.

Publisher: Harmonix
System: Xbox 360 with Kinect
Price: $49.99
Rating: “T” for Teen

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