Whoever said that gaming is unhealthy needs a reality check. Today’s crop of games—most especially for devices like the Nintendo Switch—is not only good at keeping gamers like us entertained during this time of the pandemic, but also healthy as well despite the fact that we may not be able to exercise and sweat it out like we used to.
Check out our list of Nintendo Switch games that can help you reach the fitness goals that you’ve set for yourself, pandemic or no!
Ring Fit AdventureWhat would a list of fitness-focused Switch games be without this firm favorite? Since its introduction in October 2019, Ring Fit Adventure has been getting Switch users including their families on their feet and on their toes, too, thanks to its heady combination of physical exercises and challenges. Use your existing Switch Joy-Con controller along with the Ring-Con peripheral and leg strap and engage in activities like jogging in place, doing squats, and many more to progress through the game, level up your character, and unlock new moves and capabilities. Ring Fit Adventure even helps you keep track of your pulse and heart rate zones—how’s that for a heart-pounder of a game?
Fitness BoxingIf you’re feeling feisty and want to work up a sweat while pretending to punch out the coronavirus, this game might be for you. Fitness Boxing lets you train along to a backing soundtrack of lively songs from today’s top artists. Not a boxing pro? Don’t sweat it—this game will teach you the ins and outs of boxing moves such as uppercuts, hooks and jabs thanks to the assistance of a personal fitness trainer. Once you’ve mastered those basic moves, you can progress to more advanced levels where you learn boxing techniques like evading opponents’ punches and defending yourself. The game also helps you collect vital data like calories burned—and in case a friend wants to join you, you can play along with them too.
Zumba Burn It Up!Fighting games aren’t your thing, you say? Well, then, how about a dance game like Zumba Burn It Up! This game features some of the hottest dancing techniques and styles from around the globe, and you can dance and shuffle along to more than 30 songs—including top pop hits as well as energetic Zumba tunes. Bring in as many as three other friends to sweat it out with you remotely and share in the fun! You all can select from as many as 30 classes and the intensity of your workout to suit your physical fitness levels and preferences. Set your personal goals too, and watch those calories melt away as you jive to Zumba Burn It Up!
Just Dance 2020Here’s another dance-focused Switch game that leverages its long history (the Just Dance franchise has been around for a decade now, how’s that for longevity?) to bring its own blend of dance fun to the Switch. The songs featured are anything but stale and dated—pick from 40 tracks, including family favorites like a tune from Disney’s Frozen 2 and chart-topping hit tunes. You can bring your family in for some good dance time as well, thanks to a Kids Mode that features as many as eight dance choreographies that help kid players enjoy their own exercise routines. And again you can track key metrics like time spent dancing as well as the sheer number of calories you’ve sweated out.
Mario and Sonic at the Olympics Tokyo 2020Rounding up our list is a cool game featuring favorite characters Mario and Sonic. Of course COVID-19 has forced the postponement of this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, but who says you can’t compete in your own little Olympics from the comfort and safety of your own home? Vie for those elusive medals alongside Mario, Sonic and their friends across a wide range of sports disciplines including gymnastics, boxing, disc throwing and track and field. Drag in your family to join you on your Switch via single and dual Joy-Con controller, or challenge friends to play with you online if you all have access to Nintendo Switch Online.
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