Video Games Make New Year's Resolutions Easier To Keep
Go to the gym, spend more time with family. . . play video games? Just days ago, millions of Americans resolved to make changes that would help them lead fuller, healthier and more productive lives. Whether it was a commitment to eat healthier, reduce stress or save money, an unexpected ally can be found in the hottest video games of the season. Video game retailer Game Crazy offers up advice on the latest games, consoles and accessories that can help people of all ages stick to their 2009 goals.
American's Look to Get Fit
One of the hottest fitness trends for 2009 is the Nintendo Wii Fit, demonstrating that fitness in gaming has become the new "it" workout. According to recent NPD data, more than 9 million Wii Fit units have been sold since the game's introduction. The game focuses on personal fitness and allows players to complete dozens of exercises including yoga, aerobics and strength training. Embarking on a Wii Fit workout plan is a serious step towards meeting resolutions, allowing players to track daily activity and calories burned.
"The link between physical fitness and video games has never been so strong," said Wes Sand, senior vice president at Game Crazy. "Increasingly, physical activity is moving beyond just traditional sports and the typical health club regimen. Game Crazy experts can provide insights on the variety of virtual reality and simulation video games that can help Americans achieve a healthier lifestyle."
Spend More Time with Your Family
Video games can make for great bonding time, bringing families together over similar interests. Fitness-focused games have become a mainstream form of entertainment, allowing parents and kids to play together, while improving fitness and overall health. Families can also get up and get moving with games such as EA SPORTS All-Play, a 21st century high-tech alternative approach to family fun, which features golf, football, basketball and soccer. Another option is Wii Play, which includes billiards, air hockey, and table tennis rally.
Video Games Help Achieve Other Popular Resolutions
* Eat Healthier - Set reasonable goals and learn to make meal time enjoyable. Both novice and more seasoned chefs can benefit from games such as Nintendo Personal Trainer: Cooking, Nintendo DS Cooking Mama and Nintendo DS My Weight Loss Coach, which offers up tasty culinary options.
* Enjoy Life More, Reduce Stress - Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of Americans, it's important to find effective stress-relievers. Take time to enjoy the little things in life like singing and dancing through games such as Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero and Rock Band, which are not only fun and interactive, but also require coordination and help burn calories.
* Save Time and Money - While a daily fitness regimen is important, monthly gym memberships are costly and its time-consuming getting to your workout location. Games such as Wii Fit can cost approximately the same as one or two months of a gym membership, and are more convenient because they are enjoyed from the comfort of one's own home.