Phenomenon of exer-gaming helping people lose weight

February 9, 2010 7:02:02 AM PST
Getting fit these days is taking on a whole new look. You're just as likely to do your exercises in front of your game console as you are at the gym.

People are losing weight with exer-gaming. The new phenomenon combines exercise with video games.

"They're off the couch. It gets them moving during the winter months," said Laura Hahn of Good Housekeeping.

Good Housekeeping reviewers like the EA Sports Active.

"We like this one because there are 30 different sports, drills, and activities to choose from," said Hahn.

Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum 2010 whips players into better shape.

"Jillian Michaels is the resident trainer on the biggest loser, so she takes what she does in the show and translates it onto Wii and DS," said Hahn.

Wii Sports Resort is set on a Fantasy Island with a dozen resort activities.

"I did the water sports and it was the greatest, it was the greatest thing. And it's such great exercise," said an exer-gamer.

Exer-gaming is definitely fun, but it's no replacement for the real activity. There's no substitute for getting your kids involved in school or team sports.

Also a favorite of Good Housekeeping is "The Beatles Rock Band". Kids twist, shout and burn calories banging out to 45 Fab Four tunes.