FORT MYERS, Fla. - Playing video games used to be a pretty lazy pastime, but motion gaming changed all that. Now there are games specifically designed to actually help you get in shape.
Consumer Reports checked out five: Nike Plus Kinect Training, Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013, Just Dance 4, UFC Trainer and Zumba Core. They cost anywhere from $20 to $50.
Tester Matt Ferretti assessed the workout the games provide, using a monitor to measure his heart rate.
"All the games aren't equally effective," Ferretti said, "some of them are a lot more strenuous than others and provide a real fitness challenge, whereas some of them are more just party games and really don't provide a great workout."
Nike Plus Kinect Training and Your Shape will give you tougher workouts, while Just Dance 4 is less, well, grueling.
The gaming console you use can also make a difference in how much of a workout you get.
"The Xbox is going to be the most effective for these types of games, because using the Kinect, the camera can actually track your full body's movements, whereas with the Wii U or the Playstation 3, it can only see the controller, not your full body. So it's easier to kind of cheat the system, and it's not tracking your body as accurately," Ferretti said.
If you're looking for a game that can give you a tough workout, try Nike Plus Kinect Training.
For a good cardio workout that also provides some fun, Consumer Reports recommends Zumba Core. The quick dance steps get your heart rate up - and keep it interesting.