4 Video Games That Will Help You Lose Weight

Dave LeClair 11-06-2013

video games to lose weightAll too often, people who are not gamers have this idea that individuals who choose to spend their time playing video games are lazy. Sure, we like to sit around with a controller in our hand and be whisked away to a fantasy world, but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy getting active as well. All video games are strenuous on the mind, but some games can actually give you quite the workout.


With the rise of motion controlled gaming Use Your WiiMote As A Mac Gamepad With WJoy Do you want a gamepad for your Mac, but don't want to buy yet another controller? Use your WiiMote as a gamepad with Wjoy. This app doesn't enable motion controls on your Mac, but it... Read More , games requiring movement is almost commonplace. In fact, plenty of games have actually used this technology with the explicit goal of helping players get active and drop those pesky pounds. Plenty of people are turning to their smartphones to help them lose weight MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter - The Best Weight Loss App On The iPhone Everyone knows that losing weight is difficult. It requires a certain level of commitment that not everyone is prepared for. However, when you meet those weight loss goals, it is one of the most satisfying... Read More , but why not video games to lose weight?

For anyone struggling with finding the motivation to go to the gym, turning it into an active gameplay experience can be incredibly helpful, and if losing weight is your goal, the games that follow will go a long way towards helping you achieve it.

UFC Trainer, Xbox 360

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UFC Trainer features plenty of workouts, and having trained MMA myself in the real world, I can say that they are quite accurate. Now, don’t get me wrong, you are not going to use what you learn in this game to defend yourself, as you really need a proper instructor for that, but executing the techniques is plenty strenuous on the body, and it makes for a fantastic workout, whether you are an MMA fan or not.


Dance Central, Xbox 360

While the Kinect-based dance games make for an awesome party game experience The 4 Best Party Games On Modern Video Game Consoles There are some games that, while not the best games when played alone, make for great party games. Would you sit there and play them by yourself? Probably not. But get a group of friends... Read More , they can also help you work up a good sweat without feeling like you are exercising. While games like the UFC Trainer still feel like a workout, the dance games are just about having fun. Of course, you happen to be very active while playing, so in the process, you are shedding the pounds.

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Dance Central actually does feature a dedicated workout mode, so if you want to get out of simply playing games and move into some serious calorie burning, this is the place to go. Be warned though, it’s a pretty intense workout, and it will leave you feeling quite tired at the end. Make sure to bring plenty of water, because you are going to break out in a sweat.

Wii Fit, Wii

Wii Fit is really the fitness game that got it all started. Nintendo released the balance board to work along with the Wii Remotes, and it was a genius move for the company. It sold almost as well as the Wii itself, and as such you’d think every gamer on the face of the planet would be fit as can be.


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Sadly though, too many gamers put away their Wii Fit board shortly after release and have not looked back. It’s a shame, because it really is a great piece of equipment, and if offers a wide range of workouts.

With Wii Fit, you can do everything from active mini games to hardcore workouts. Personally, I think Kinect games force the player to be more active, as the camera can see more detail about whether you are cheating, but for those without access to one, the Wii Fit and its board will do the job just fine.

If you bought a Wii Fit during the craze after release, and you are looking for a fun way to lose weight, pull it out and get to work!


EA Sports Active, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

EA Sports Active really takes working out seriously. In my opinion, the other games on the list are more fun to play, but in terms of a pure workout, this one takes the cake. Again, I side with the Xbox 360 on this one, but the EA Sports Active 2 uses sensors in leg and arm straps to get total body tracking on the other platforms as well.

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Whichever platform you “play” EA Sports Active on, you will get a great workout. If you want to take your fitness goals to a higher level, this is the game for you. EA is a big name in sports games, and its fitness games follow along in terms of quality.


Who says gamers are lazy? Certainly not this gamer! If you want to use your favorite passtime as a way to get into better shape, look no further than these video games to lose weight. If you stick with playing them, you will lose weight!


What fitness games do you recommend? Hit the comments section below and let us know!

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  1. Anonymous
    November 19, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    just dance 2 for the WII i had fun playing it

  2. Carlos García II
    June 13, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I used Sony's Move Fitness. It has crazy fun minigames. Though, the exercise portion of it is a bit boring.

  3. Xenoranger
    June 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Sony's Move Fitness is another great game for losing weight. Not that the workout part is fun, but the mini-games are awesome.

  4. Syrax22
    June 11, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Best one I've played so far is Nike Plus for Kinect. I may not be in great shape, but I had my brother (who plays basketball everyday) play and even he says it's a good work out. It'll have you breaking a sweat in no time and will definitely work you into shape.

  5. Kyle MacDonald
    June 11, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I wish games, like EA Sports Active, would integrate a nutrition help as well. Correct me if I am wrong please. Being active is one part of the equation to losing the weight. If you don't have a better eating style, you won't lose weight either.

  6. Joshua Travis
    June 11, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    It's kind of hard to believe that Dance Dance Revolution is not on this list. It's such a good source of cardio exercise that Konami has created a version to be used in gym classes in schools all over the US. I have personally lost weight over the years playing the DDR series, and I know many others who have as well.

    • Dave LeClair
      June 11, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      I agree, DDR is great for losing weight, but personally, I am not a fan of home versions of the game. I find playing them with the soft pads on harder difficulties to be too hard, as they slip around, and most people cannot afford to run out and buy the arcade-style hard pads.

      • Joshua Travis
        June 11, 2013 at 7:55 pm

        Kinect costs about as much as a decent metal pad, just sayin'.

        • Dave LeClair
          June 11, 2013 at 7:58 pm

          Fair point, but the amount of people who have a Kinect already is much higher than those who have hard DDR pads. Although, I wish I owned a set of hard pads myself.